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FallbrawlIt’s time, wrestling fans, for Fall Brawl: War Games!  Tonight we’ll see Team WCW, a man down after the betrayal by Sting, take on Team nWo, seemingly now a man up with that defection.  It will be settled in the War Games, a two ring cage match that has no pinfall, no count out, no DQ…the only way to win is to force your opponent to submit!

I am SUPER excited about this!  This is the thing that I’ve been looking most forward to, I believe, since I started Season 3 of Kick Out at Nitro!  This is the second PPV that I ever purchased and I remember liking it so much more than Hog Wild.  I know a few of the matches on this card so I’m chomping at the bit to get to cover those.

Fall Brawl takes place in Winston-Salem, NC; right in the heart of Horsemen country!

Our announcers are Tony Schiavone, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, and “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes.  They’re dressed in black tuxes.  They run down the last few weeks, talking about the War Games match and who will be both teams’ respective fourth man.

Match #1: Diamond Dallas Page VS Chavo Guerrero, Jr.

DDP swaggers out to the ring whereas Chavo comes out determined and intense.  Chavo starts off with a dropkick to DDP, which DDP sells a bit too much, launching himself backwards and through the ropes to the floor.  Chavo takes it to DDP on the floor, though, showing an intensity that we haven’t seen from him before.  He’s doing a great job showing that frustration from the beatings that DDP has been giving the Guerreros as of late.  Chavo takes a belt and starts whipping DDP, surprisingly not getting DQ’d.  Tony says that he doesn’t think Chavo would be worried about being DQ’d because he’s just there give DDP back the beating he’s been giving Chavo and his uncle Eddie.

Back in the ring, Chavo is still in control, holding onto DDP’s arm and wearing him down.  Heenan says that DDP should have an easy time with Chavo because that anger will make him make mistakes and all DDP has to do is wait.  Tony gives us a rundown of how this started; with DDP losing the Battle Bowl ring to Eddie but attacking him and keeping it.

wwef_31376843_th_64Dropkick to DDP again and we again get that weird sell from DDP, but this time he holds onto the ropes and drops when Guerrero tries another dropkick.  On the floor, now it’s DDP with the control.  He chokes Chavo with his foot for a bit and sends him into the ring again.  DDP comes off the top with a flying clothesline that gets a surprisingly big pop from the crowd.  Page throws up the “10” sign and the crowd pops again.  DDP keeps control, rolling a front headlock into pin for two.

Tony says that this is the first PPV that he’s been to where no one was in a good mood.  He says that he doesn’t want to side with the nWo but they did the right thing by taking Sting away as it’s killed everyone’s mood.

DDP goes for a vertical suplex, again getting a pop from the crowd, but Chavo rolls it into a small package for two.

Page slams Chavo into the corner and then goes for a side suplex but just tosses Chavo backwards like a sack of laundry.

Chavo starts getting fire under him, coming off the top with a missile dropkick and getting two.  He follows it with a springboard hurracanrana, again for two.  He follows Page into the corner but is met with a back elbow.  DDP covers with his feet on the second rope but only for two.

DDP throws Chavo over the top rope and into the second ring.  The referee and Page follow and DDP hits Chavo with a side slam for two.  He goes for a tilt-a-whirl slam but Chavo reverses it into a head scissors.  DDP charges Chavo in the corner but CHavo moves and DDP hits hard.  Chavo covers for two.  DDP catches Guerrero off of an Irish whip with a HUGE spinning sitout powerbomb.  This thing is beautiful, folks!  Of course, it’s only for two, though.

DDP tries for the Diamond Cutter, but Chavo reverses into a backslide attempt.  Page stops it, spins Chavo into the Diamond Cutter for the win.

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page

Tony tells us that we can talk to WCW personalities by going to CompuServe.  We see Harlem Heat, Col. Parker and Sister Sherri giving a tech guy a hard time as he’s answering questions.

Tony sends us to a video package about “The Attack” that’s been happening since 5/27/96.

Match #2: Submission Match: Scott “Flash” Norton VS Ice Train w/ Teddy Long

Tony runs down the list of demands that the New World Order has put on WCW if they win War Games.  These include a limo, a jet, a TV show, a Tag Team Tournament, and WCW picking up the tab for the nWo’s expenses.

Ice Train has a pretty cool entrance.  T’Lo is walking out first, with Ice Train behind him, a towel draped on his head, and his arms on Teddy’s shoulders.  It looks like he’s coming out for a fight and it’s pretty badass.

The referee has a microphone so that we can hear them say “I quit.”  Dusty says that there’s no way you can get out of having to say “I quit” unless you’re a good ventriliguiss…

Tony and Brain both ask Dusty what the hell he just said.  Dusty tries to say ventriloquist a few more times, but to no avail.

This is a big hoss fight, with a lot of clotheslines back and forth.  Norton takes Ice Train down with a big clothesline and slaps on an arm breaker that Tony points out is reminiscent of the Code Red, the finishing move of Sgt. Craig Pittman, another of Teddy’s wrestlers.  Teddy jumps up and almost throws in the towel but decides better of it.

Ice Train fires back a bit, getting a slam and taking Norton down with a Japanese armbar.

Norton slams the absolute crap out of Ice Train with a catching Spinebuster/Alabama Slam type of move and then immediately goes to a Boston crab.  He doesn’t hold it long and then goes to his own Japanese armbar.  He lets go of this when Teddy jumps up on the apron, but then goes to another type of armbar.

Teddy goes up to the apron again and Norton grabs him, bringing him into the ring.  Ice Train grabs Norton from behind in a full nelson.  He wrestles Norton to the mat and Norton taps out.

Winner: Ice Train

Match #3: Mexican Heavyweight Championship: Juventud Guerrera VS Konnan (Mexican Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

Juvi straight up trips over the ring steps as he walks around the ring backwards.  Between this and his weird ass promo the other night, Juvi isn’t getting too many good first impressions.

Konnan starts off with a fist bump but then follows immediately with a knee to the gut.  He tosses Juvi around with a German suplex and then tosses him out of the ring.  Bobby mentions Konnan becoming more Americanized in his dress, since he’s wearing jeans and a wife-beater now, but Mike says he’s actually dressing more along with his heritage now.  Juvi comes into the ring via the second ring, jumps to the top rope, skips over three sets of ropes, and comes off with a spin kick to Konnan.  He dives outside the ring onto Konnan, sending Konnan to the guardrail.  He tries to springboard off of the guardrail, but Konnan goesn’t go down to the Hurricanrana, but instead powerbombs him down onto the floor.

Back in the ring, Konnan hits his rolling clothesline to a big pop.  I love that move.  He dropkicks a seated Juventud and then locks on a seated stretch.

Juvi runs the ropes and Konnan kicks him while running, sending him awkwardly through the ropes and between the two rings.  Juvi traps Konnan in the two sets of ropes and comes off with another springboard, breaking Konnan in half.  He follows with a spinning jump kick and then a dive to Konnan on the floor.  He sends Konnan back into the ring and comes in with a springboard dropkick.  He rushes at Konnan, but Konnan back body drops him over one set of ropes and hangs him out to dry on the second set.  Konnan then powerbombs him over the ropes and back into the first ring.  These two are using the two rings to an awesome advantage and it’s making this match pretty damn awesome.

Powerbomb to Juventud and a dropkick to the knee is followed by two rolling German suplexes.  Juventud rolls to the floor and tries to walk it off.  Back in the ring, Juventud gets a leg drop.  Juventud tries to sunset flip Konnan off of the ring apron, but Konnan punches him and blocks it, then hits a diving dropkick on the floor.  Back in the ring, Konnan goes up top, but Guerrera stops him.  Juventud looks like he’s going for a Frankensteiner, but he just backflips off, doing nothing.  Konnan comes off onto him for two.  They then do an awkward run of pins and reversals that look like crap, including Tony getting super excited about “WE CAN HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!”  The Mexican Heavyweight Championship isn’t even a real championship, much less a WCW one, Tony.

Springboard spinning kick to Konnan for two.  Irish whip and a crashing ocean suplex from Konnan.  Konnan goes to pin but Juventud is in the ropes.  Leg drop to a Konnan tied in the ropes.  He then hits a big 450 splash that Brain marks out for but none of the other announcers even break stride for.  Juvi goes back up to the top for some stupid spin move.  He literally just spins 360, but not laying down…it’s hard to explain but it was garbage…trust me.  Konnan gets an Alabama Slam off the turnbuckle for two.  Konnan Power Drop off the top rope for the win.

Winner: Konnan (still Mexican Heavyweight Champion)

This match was a mix of awesome and sloppy.  Juventud should be way better for how long he’s been in the business.  These two threw everything at each other, though, and it was a very fast paced match.  Quite enjoyable, despite the slop.

Match #4: Chris Jericho VS “The Canadian Crippler” Chris Benoit

The announcers talk about the demands the New World Order have madeon WCW.  Apparently they want Steve McMichael’s dog.

Benoit starts off in Jericho’s face, then goes in hard.  They slap each other a few times, but Benoit takes Jericho down quick by the hair, sending him into the turnbuckles and then just slamming him to the mat by his hair.  Irish whip, back drop, and the crowd is hot for Benoit.  The Crippler hits a back suplex for two.  Irish whip and an Alabama Slam from Benoit, followed by a Liontamer.  It’s interesting to see Benoit using Jericho’s finisher BEFORE Jericho adopted it.

Benoit goes for a powerbomb but Jericho rolls through with hit, ducks a clothesline and hits a spinning wheel kick.  Jericho wraps up Benoit with a  quick cover for a two count.  He sends Benoit to the corner and follows with a dropkick to the back of the head.  Benoit rolls out to the apron, but Jericho does his springboard dropkick, sending Benoit off the apron.  He tries to do a springboard back elbow, but crashes hard on the ring apron, only getting some of the elbow to Benoit.  Back in the ring, Jericho gets a missile dropkick to Benoit.  He ducks a Benoit clothesline and gets a double underhook suplex for two before Benoit gets to the ropes.  The two men launch into a forearm and chop fest in the corner that Jericho gets the best of.  Benoit rolls out of a suplex and to the apron, then back suplexes Jericho out of the ring and to the floor.

Irish whip to Jericho and a knee to the gut, followed by a front suplex that hangs Jericho out to dry on the top rope.  Benoit flashes the 4H sign and the crowd loves it.  Back clothesline for two.  Chop fest in the center of the ring is cut short by a thumb to the eyes from Benoit.  Benoit locks on an abdominal stretch.  Slam to Jericho and Benoit flies off the top with the diving headbutt.  He covers for two but Jericho kicks out.  Benoit throws Jericho out of the ring and slams him into the side of the apron.

Back in the ring, Jericho gets a two count with a backslide but after that it’s back to Benoit taking him to school.  Jericho gets a few moments, with a flipping pin and a northern lights suplex, but neither get the job done.  Jericho gets in a run of chops in the corner, but Benoit goes for a tombstone suplex.  Jericho reverses and nails his own.  Instead of covering, he goes for the Lionsault, but Benoit moves.  Jericho nearly decapitates Benoit with a clothesline, then takes him up top for a Frankensteiner for two.  Jericho goes up top but Benoit hits him, crotching him on the top rope.  Benoit follows him up for a back superplex for three.

Winner: Chris Benoit

Holy crap, this was a war!  Jericho showed up and hung with Benoit, showing why we should take a look at him after just debuting a few weeks ago.  Benoit shows why he’s the young buck of the Horsemen and why he’s not to be ignored.  Such a great match!  Jericho’s fire VS Benoit’s intensity made for a hell of a show.

Match #5: WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Super Calo VS Rey Mysterio, Jr. (WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Calo and Rey start off trading some holds, then Calo turns up the juice with a running power slam and an elbow drop off the second rope.

Super Calo apparently takes his name and ring attire from Mexico’s top rap group, Calo.  Thanks, Mike Tenay.

For the most part, the opening couple minutes is all Super Calo, until Rey hits a springboard Hurricanrana.  He goes to dive through the ropes, but Calo moves, so Rey just slings himself back into the ring.  Back in the ring, Calo dropkicks Rey, then hits a springboard powerbomb like he’s a Mexican Tully Blanchard for two.  He follows this up by clotheslining Rey out of the ring and then coming off with a crazy missile dropkick from the top to the floor.  Calo continues to step up the crazy game by coming out of the ring with a flipping senton to Rey on the concrete.  He rolls Rey back into the ring and cover, but Rey gets the rope at 2.

Irish whip from Calo and a tilt-a-whirl slam in the center of the ring from two.  Rey is getting dominated here.  Calo sends Rey into the second rope, takes him up top, and gets him with a springboard headscissors for two…and then recovers again for another two count.  Calo is taking it to Rey here.

Calo flips Rey and locks on a short arm scissors in the center of the WCW crosshairs, getting a couple of near falls and then nearly dropkicking Rey out of the ring.  Irish whip again and Calo nearly takes Rey’s head off with a clothesline.  Snapmare and a seated abdominal stretch.  Calo locks on an inverted surfboard, dropping it for a two count.  Rey rolls to ringside for a moment, then starts to come into ring but is cut off by Calo.  Rey finally hits a quick dropkick, then tries to crossbody Calo over the top rope.  Calo gets hung up, though, so Rey straight up seems to try to hang Calo and pull him over.  Once Calo’s on the floor, Rey hits a dive from the ring, taking out Calo.  Springboard into the ring but Calo dropkicks Rey out of the air and gets a two count.  Super Calo sends Rey hard into the turnbuckles and starts to work on the arm.  He drops Rey’s arm over the top rope as Calo jumps to the floor, then he slams Rey into the steel guardrail.

They start to fight on the ring apron, then Rey jumps to the top rope, bounces off of it off of his butt, then grabs a Frankensteiner, twists, and does the move out to the floor.  Rey goes back into the ring and dives out onto Calo again.  Back in the ring, Rey gets a springboard sunset flip for two, then a springboard kick for two.  Rey goes up for a victory roll but Calo drops backwards, getting a pair of two counts.  Frankensteiner for two, followed by a spinning wheel kick.  Calo goes dropkick, Rey moves, and Calo hits the ropes and drops hard.  Rey jumps to the rope where the two rings meet, backflips off of the one ropes, over the other ropes, then jumps up, jumps off of both sets of ropes, Frankensteiner for the win.

Winner: Rey Mysterio, Jr. (still WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Wow…again, another good match.  Calo showed up in this match like crazy and really took it to Rey Mysterio.  Mysterio looked like he was fighting for his life in there.

Match #6: WCW World Tag Team Championship Match: The Nasty Boys VS Harlem Heat (WCW World Tag Team Champions) w/ Sister Sherri & Col. Robert Parker

Starting off this match will be Stevie Ray and Jerry Saggs.  Stevie starts off strong with a kick to the gut, backing Jerry into the corner and unloading on him with punches.  He whips Saggs into the far corner but Saggs comes out with a clotheslines.  Saggs heads to the floor after Sister Sherri due to her pulling his leg, which stalls everything as everyone gets tense and in each other’s face over this.

Knee to Stevie’s gut and a tag out to Knobbs and the two Nastys commence to “clubberin” on Stevie Ray in the corner, much to the delight of Dusty Rhodes.  Stevie is able to tag out to Booker.  Tag to Saggs again and they double-team Booker with a drop toehold / elbow to the back of the head combo.  Knobbs floors Booker with a big clothesline, then calls for Saggs to raise his arm so he can rub Booker’s face in Saggs’s armpit.  Sister Sherri jumps up on the apron and stops this, allowing Harlem Heat to double-team Knobbs for a bit.

Irish whip to Knobbs from Stevie Ray and a big jumping boot to the face on the rebound.  Stevie tags out to Booker, who takes over with a headlock.  Jerry Saggs gets preoccupied with Col. Parker and Sherri, drawing the referee’s attention, and thus allowing Sherri to get a kick or two into Knobbs.  Back in the ring, we get some quick tags between Harlem Heat and a little double-teaming on Knobbs.  Booker tries the Harlem Side Kick while Knobbs is leaning on the ropes, but Knobbs moves and Booker crotches himself on the top rope.  Knobbs tags out to Saggs, who comes in with a facebuster to Booker and a corner clothesline to Stevie Ray.  Scoop slam to Booker and that brings Sherri to the ring apron.  Saggs brings Sherri into the ring and then rolls up Booker for a two count.  Saggs hits a piledriver on Booker and pins, but Stevie Ray comes in to make the save.  This brings in Knobbs, who again distracts the referee.  While the ref is distracted, Saggs goes up top and is pushed off the top rope by Col. Parker.  Stevie Ray takes Saggs out on the floor, leaving him in a pile in the corner.  Stevie rolls him into the ring where Booker nonchalantly covers for two.  Booker this an axe kick that sends Saggs back to the ringside area where Stevie Ray, Sherri and Parker all jump him while the ref is distracted again by Knobbs.

After a bit, Harlem Heat try to take Saggs out with a double clothesline, but Saggs ducks it and takes them both out with a double facebuster.  He gets the tag to Knobbs, who cleans house.  He gets a back body drop on Booker and then hits the Nasty Splash, but Stevie is able to break it up.  Knobbs hits Booker with a splash in the corner and then take out Stevie with a double shoulder tackle.  The Nastys go for a pumphandle slam followed by a splash from the top, but Col. Parker again distracts the ref while Sherri sneaks in with Parker’s cane and hits Knobbs so that Booker can get the win.

Winner: Harlem Heat (still WCW Tag team Champions)

This match was a damn mess.  Plus, the Nastys were the babyfaces, which was odd.  I know Harlem Heat never really had a big run as babyfaces, but neither have the Nastys.

We get a quick commercial for the official Fall Brawl t-shirt, as pitched by Ric Flair.  We then go to the backstage area, as always littered with random WCW t-shirts, with Mike Tenay and Randy Savage.  Savage says he’s going to take out The Giant, then go to Halloween Havoc and rip Hollywood Hogan’s black heart from his chest.

Match #7: Grudge Match: “Macho Man” Randy Savage VS The Giant

The sound guy apparently gets Giant’s music wrong, sending him out to the Dungeon’s theme for a moment, then changing it to the nWo’s theme.  Giant takes off running for the ring, but Savage is able to keep him out by hitting him with a few forearms.  The announcers point out that the referee in the ring is Nick Patrick as Giant pulls Savage out of the ring.  Savage tries to slam Giant on the floor, but Giant’s weight is too much and Savage collapses under it.  Giant tosses Savage into the ring, over the top rope from the floor.  Back in the ring he chokes Savage with his foot, then tosses him into the corner and levels him with a clothesline.  Irish whip into a backbreaker to Savage.  Giant pushes down on Savage, bending him backwards over his knee.

Bobby mentions that everyone in the crowd is looking the other way, causing the announcers to speculate as to whether there is about to be nWo interference.  Giant lets go of the backbreaker and does a headbutt to Savage’s groin before locking on a Boston crab.  Savage gets to the ropes and the hold is broken, causing the announcers to agree that Nick Patrick made the right call.  Giant picks Savage up in a bear hug, draining all of Savage’s energy.  Savage is finally able to get to the eyes, though, breaking the hold and putting him on the offensive.  He goes up top and comes off with the double axe handle, but Giant catches him in mid-air and slams him right in the center of the C in the WCW logo.  Giant attempts a knee drop but Savage moves, leaving Giant to limp around the ring.  Savage gets up and starts hammering on the knee with kicks.  He goes back up top and comes down with a bulldog off the top.  He covers, gets two, then Giant press slams him off of him.  Giant gets up, wobbly, and Savage is able to body slam Giant.  Savage goes up top for the flying elbow, hits it, and out comes Hollywood Hogan.  Savage follows Hogan down the aisle and right into an ambush from The Outsiders.  Hall goes for a punch, which Savage ducks, but Nash nails him from behind with a steel chair.  They put the boots to Savage while Nick Patrick is jaw jacking with The Giant in the ring.  Hall and Nash roll Savage into the ring where Giant pins him for the win.

Winner: The Giant

While Randy is getting medical attention, we go to a commercial for Halloween Havoc, oddly enough featuring Savage.

Match #8: War Games: The New World Order (Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, & ?) w/ Ted Dibiase VS WCW (“The Enforcer” Arn Anderson, “Total Package” Lex Luger, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, & ?)

 

While the cage lowers, we go to Mike Tenay in the locker room with Flair, Anderson, Luger, Woman, and Liz.  Tenay asks which member of the Horsemen is going to replace Sting.  Flair says the Horsemen have stepped aside, so it’s just them.  Flair asks if we can hear the ambulance coming to get the nWo.  He says very soon, the Horsemen kick ass!  Double A says that he knows Luger lost a friend, they lost a partner, but Luger was a Horseman once so they’ll get the job done.  Out of nowhere, Sting enters the locker room.  Oddly enough, he’s in black and white paint.  Luger says he’s been waiting six days for the explanation, so Sting better make it good.  Sting says it wasn’t him on Monday night.  Luger says he knows it was him.  Sting says he’ll see them in a little while.

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We go to Michael Buffer who explains the rules.  The first round is one on one, 5 minutes.  Then, every two minutes, a new man comes in, one from each team, until everyone is in.  Then, that starts The Match Beyond, which can only be won by submission.

Buffer says that the nWo has 4 men, but have only released 3 names.  One will remain secret until the end.  He says that the 3 men are Hall, Nash, and the Giant.  He says that WCW only has 3 men, and it’s not known if there will even be a 4th member.

Our first man from the New World Order is Scott Hall, who comes to the ring with Ted Dibiase.  WCW’s first man is Double A.  The crowd is hot for The Enforcer.  I’m not going to lie, if there’s one man I wouldn’t want to be locked in the War Games cage with during that first 5 minute period, it’s The Enforcer.

Hall takes it to Double A first, nailing him with right hands, but Double A turns the tieds quickly, and the crowd explodes.  He slams Hall’s head into the cage and then stomps Hall in the crotch.  Hall fires back with a whip to the corner and a clothesline, then drags Anderson’s head across the top rope.  Anderson goes to slam Hall’s head into the cage, but Hall holds off and then slams Arn’s head off the cage three times.

At this point, it’s pointed out that the referee in the ring is…shock…Nick Patrick.

Anderson starts working on Hall’s knee and then goes for a spinning toe hold, which makes Schiavone mark out like crazy thinking he’s going for a Figure 4.  Hall slinks away, sliding into the second ring.  Double A follows but is met with a big right hand from Hall.

Dusty mentions that he doesn’t remember seeing a referee in the War Games match.  I’m not too familiar with them, honestly, as I’ve really only seen about three or four of the matches, so I can’t comment on that, but I’ll defer to Dusty, who created the thing.  It makes sense, though, to not have one, as there’s no pinfall…only submission…and that doesn’t happen until The Match Beyond.  There’s no need for one.

We’re told the nWo has won the coin toss for the man advantage, so out comes Kevin Nash.    Arn has Hall down, so he goes to meet Nash.  He is able to duck a clothesline and get a few moves off to Nash, but eventually Hall grabs him and holds him so Nash can nail him with a kick to the head.  The Outsiders double-team Double A and send him head first into the cage.  Nash crashes Arn into the top turnbuckle with Snake Eyes, and Hall follows with a big clothesline.  They put the boots to Arn as the announcers mention that Flair made it sound like there wouldn’t be a 4th man for WCW.  Dusty says that they can’t do that…they’ll need the 4th man.

8362337_origOut comes Lex Luger, about 15 seconds early, but once he enters the ring, he’s a house of fire, taking out the Outsiders with a myriad of clotheslines and forearms.  He slams Hall’s head into the cage tice before Nash is able to cut him off, but The Enforcer is back up so he takes out Nash, leaving Hall to Luger.  The Outsiders get the upper hand again, though, as Hall sends Anderson into the cage hard.  Luger sends Nash into the ropes and Double A takes him out with a DDT as “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan enters the fray.

Hogan comes in but is immediately taken to the corner by Luger and Anderson, beating him down as the crowd is loving it.  The Outsiders are able to build back up, though, so they isolate Luger in one ring while Hogan takes Double A to the other one.  Hogan tries to send Anderson to the cage, but Double A reverses and bounces Hogan’s bald head off of the steel as the crowd chants “We Want Flair!”

Everyone ends up in one ring again and it’s beatdown city on the babyfaces.  Hogan drops a leg on Double A as the Outsiders take out Luger.

It’s time to bring in the Nature Boy!  Flair comes in and stands in the empty ring, daring Hogan into his ring.  Hogan puts up and upside down 4H sign, which Flair humps the air at.  Hogan gets a few punches in, but Flair turns the tides, bringing out a pair of brass knuckles and nailing anything that moves.  Hall tries to grab him from behind but Flair mule kicks Hall in the junk, taking him out.  The babyfaces join them in that ring and now the tides have turned.  Flair locks on the Figure 4 in the center of the ring as the countdown for the nWo’s fourth man starts.

It’s Sting.

Sting enters an starts beating down the babyfaces, kicking them in the gut and taking down Luger with a facebuster.  Now it’s the heels in power as Sting “woooos” and beats his chest.  The crowd starts chanting “We Want Sting!”

Hogan bounces Flair’s head off the cage as we go to one minute left in the period.  The New World Order is standing tall in the ring as Hogan slams Flair and drops the big leg.  Sting hits the Stinger Splash in the corner on all three babyfaces as we go to the 10 second countdown for WCW’s 4th man.

IT’S STING!

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Sting enters the ring and gets right in the face of “Sting,” who we see clearly for the first time.  It’s definitely not Sting on the nWo side.  Sting starts beating down everyone.  Stinger Splash to Hogan…to Hall…to Nash…to “Sting!”  Big face buster to Scott Hall and it’s Sting standing in the center of the ring, staring down the babyfaces.  Sting looks at Luger and asks “is that good enough for you?  Is that truth enough?”  He then flips Luger off and leaves the cage.

Hogan is taking out Luger in one ring by himself as Flair is chopping the living hell out of Flair.  “Sting” applies the Scorpion Deathlock to Luger while the Outsiders take out the Horsemen.

Nick Patrick and Randy Anderson announce that the War Games have ended with the surrender of Lex Luger to the Scorpion Deathlock.

Winners: New World Order

Tony says that had the wrestlers trusted Sting, they’d have won this match.  Tony says he doesn’t think Luger gave up, but that he passed out from the pain.  As the nWo cleans up, Luger crawls out of the ring and up the entry way, yelling “Stinger!”  The nWo catch up to him and put the boots to him, unfortunately.  Here come the Horsemen!  Flair and Anderson take care of the Outsiders, leaving Hogan to Randy Savage, who enters the picture from out of nowhere!  Savage grabs Hogan and makes a beeline to the ring.  Savage backs Hogan from one ring to another as Hogan cowers…but Savage is grabbed from behind by The Giant.  Giant chokeslams Savage in the center of the ring as the rest of the New World Order surround him.

Ms. Elizabeth enters from the back, pleading with Hogan to stop.  Hogan grabs a can of spray paint and threatens Liz as Giant choke slams Savage again.  Liz covers Savage, trying to protect him, as Hogan sprays the N W O letters on Liz’s dress.

“Hogan, you’ve dropped to new levels.  You’re the lowest form of life I’ve ever seen.” – Bobby Heenan

Hogan gets a microphone as the crowd chants “Hogan Sucks!”  Hogan says that “these two losers…these two lowlifes…they made a sacred vow that they would be together until the end of their lives.  Well, courtesy of the nWo and courtesy of Hulk Hogan, we’re going to make that happen!”  He spits on Liz and drops the mic.  Did Hogan just say he was going to kill Liz and Randy?  That’s how I took that.

Heenan says he’s done things in wrestling he wasn’t proud of, but nothing like this.  The nWo pose for a picture at ringside as Savage sells in the center, still covered by Liz.  Randy Anderson is now trying to send the nWo away, but Giant and Hogan get Savage and paint the N W O letters on Savage’s back before putting the boots to him a bit more.  Giant says he thinks he’s Michelangelo or Da Vinci…the greatest artist alive today.  Hogan and Giant mug for the camera and use Flair’s line, saying “whether you like it or you don’t, it’s the best thing going today.”  Giant choke slams Savage one more time.  Nash shoves Randy Anderson out of the ring, leaving Liz to the wolves.

We cut back to the announcers who ask if there’s someone who could get Liz out of the ring.  The announcers are clearly disgusted.  Tony says that hindsight is 20/20, and if they had trusted Sting, things may have turned out differently.  Bobby says that we saw what Sting did by himself.  If Sting had been there from the beginning, we’d have beaten them.

Hogan comes to the announce booth and Heenan bolts.  Dusty and Tony leave as Hogan cuts a promo.  Giant says this has been brought to us by the Ric Flair Retirement Fund.  Dibiase says that they had some demands that are going to be met.  No more “Outsiders,” it’s nWo for life!

We close out of the PPV on Randy being helped to the back by Liz and a trainer, then head to credits.

 

Pretty damn good PPV!  We had some great wrestling from Benoit and Jericho.  We had some amazing cruiserweight action from Juvi & Konnan as well as Rey & Super Calo.  DDP took out a Guerrero.  We forwarded our nWo storyline with the last two matches.  Good stuff!

1996 me was PISSED right now!  I really thought that WCW would come back and this would be the end of Hogan and his goons.  I remember being so excited when Sting told the babyface camp that it wasn’t him on Monday.  I remember watching the War Games match and realizing something was up when “Sting” started beating his chest.  “That’s not him,” I told my Dad, and was proven right a few moments later when the real Sting made his way down the aisle.  I marked out like crazy as Stinger beat that nWo ass from pillar to post, culminating in four Stinger Splashes! Then…he left.

I understood…but damn, man…you’re the Stinger.  You ARE this company’s heart and soul.  Get out there and beat them down!  Disagree with your teammates later, but right now beat some ass!

It was for naught, though, as the nWo ended the night victorious.  I love what happens afterwards because it does such a good job at showing how much this loss meant.  You get Savage destroyed so much that it brings out Liz, who has been with Flair for almost nine months now, to protect her man.  It was so real.  It made me hate Hogan and the rest and made me want to see them get destroyed.

Sure, there were some things on this show I’m not really that big on, namely the tag team championship match, but my overall impressions are very high, so I can honestly say I really enjoyed this show!  Can’t wait to tune into Nitro for the fallout!

Until next time, ladies and gentlemen!

Shane

KoaNitro copyHello and welcome back everyone to another wonderful edition of Kick Out at Nitro!  This is the final episode of Nitro for what I’ve dubbed “Season 3.”  Basically, Seasons/Volumes are how I’m breaking these posts up into books, so this book ends with Fall Brawl 1996.  This is the go-home show to Fall Brawl, so it’s our close out Season Finale type of episode as far as Nitro goes.

This is episode 52!  If Nitro hadn’t been preempted back in March, this would have made a full year to the debut, but alas, that happened, so we’re one off.  Of course, that didn’t stop Eric Bischoff from getting the numbers incorrect a few episodes ago, now did it?

This episode comes to us from Columbus, GA, and opens with Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyszko going over last week’s goings-on involving the nWo, Ted Dibiase, and The Giant.  Larry calls The Giant the biggest traitor since Benedict Arnold, which begs the question “is Giant a bigger traitor thank Hulk Hogan…or is Hulk Hogan a bigger traitor than Arnold?”

Match #1: Pat Tanaka VS Super Calo

Oh, you were looking for star power?  Yeah, not in this match.

We’re joined by Mike Tenay due to Super Calo making his Nitro debut here.  Super Calo has the distinction of having his sunglasses and backwards motorcycle hat integrated into his mask.  Tanaka is dressed as a stereotypically racist foreigner from the “orient,” in an outfit looking like he should be in a Kung Fu flick.  Kung Fu masters also wear ASICS wrestling shoes, in case you were wondering.

We quickly cut outside to see a group of teenagers in nWo shirts each holding a huge stack of flyers.

Calo flips around a lot and throws Tanaka off his game a bit, until Calo goes for a Frankensteiner and Tanaka sit-out powerbombs the crap out of him.  We’re told this happened due to Takana’s “martial arts skills.”  The sit-out powerbomb is a huge staple in jeet kun do.  It is.  Look it up.

Don’t look it up.

Tanaka goes up top with Calo and looks like he’s going for a waist-lock suplex but Calo just oddly falls on him for the win.

Winner: Super Calo

We’re backstage with Mean Gene and Rick Steiner.  Rick Steiner says that last week he almost had Lex Luger beat.  We get a quick replay of the match where we see referee Nick Patrick end the match due to being bumped by Lex Luger after Steiner shoved Luger away.  Luger shows up and gives Steiner props for being a great tag team wrestler, but now they’re going to be wrestling in a singles match and Luger is in War Games, so he’s amped and prepared.  Steiner says that Lex’s partner, Sting, saw that Rick almost beat him.  Rick starts calling for Sting and seems just oddly confused.  I know this is to set up for a match later tonight, but this made Steiner seem mentally challenged.  First off, the match hadn’t been going for more than a minute.  The DQ came right off of the opening lockup, basically, so for Steiner to claim that he had Luger beat is laughable as the match hadn’t progressed to a single move yet.  Secondly, Rick seems really whiney and unsure of himself here.  It makes Luger come off as condescending and it makes Steiner come off like he’s got something wrong with him.  Very odd promo.

“The following announcement has been paid for by the New World Order.”

We get the first ever ad for the nWo shirt!  This is such an awesome shirt.  Just the black shirt with the white logo on it.  Nothing else.

We get a quick rundown of the debut of Glacier on WCW Pro!  After 5 months, Glacier is here!  You can read our thoughts on his debut here.

“Glacier; certainly a man who is going to make a big impact here in WCW.” – Tony Schiavone

Match #2: The Amazing French Canadians (Jacques Rougeau & Carl Ouellet) VS The Nasty Boys

This is the debut of the French Canadians (formerly the Quebeccers in WWF).  Rougeau wants us to stand up as they sing the national anthem.  We get a few bars of it in terrible voices before the Nasty Boys destroy them, much to the delight of the crowd.

We cut to the crowd to see the guys from earlier handing out the nWo flyers.  Larry calls for them to be thrown out.

As they’re talking about this, the referee is distracted with Jerry Saggs while Brian Knobbs gets hit from behind with the Canadian flag by Rougeau.

Tony sends Larry to grab one of the nWo flyers.  It’s just the nWo logo with “You haven’t seen bad…but it’s coming.”

Since the hit with the flag, this match is all French Canadians.  Rougeau helps Ouellet with a cannon ball from the top onto Saggs.  Knobbs goes out and gets the Quebec flag and nails Carl Ouellet with it while Ouellet is perched on the top rope.  Quick cover for the win.

Winners: The Nasty Boys

Mean Gene comes in to talk to the Nasty Boys and says that Jerry Saggs took a few lumps from the Rougeau Brothers.  Good job there, Gene.  That’s Carl Ouellet, not Raymond Rougeau.  Saggs says that everyone here has been pointing the fingers at the Nasty Boys, asking whether they’re nWo or WCW.  Saggs says the tag team championship belts are all that they care about, and they’re in WCW.

Commercial break and we’re back with:

Match #3: Hold VS Hold Match:  Sgt. Craig “Pitbull” Pittman w/ Teddy Long VS Scott “Flash” Norton

Tony talks up the fact that both of these men have submission holds that focus on the upper body.  Due to that, those holds are the only way the match can be won.  He also mentions that Teddy Long also manages Ice Train, so maybe this is Long trying to get Norton softened up before Fall Brawl.

Pittman gets the early offense with a hiptoss, but Norton squashes that nonsense with a falling arm breaker.  We go to the outside where Pittman runs Norton into the guardrail, but Norton runs Pittman’s shoulder into the turnbuckle post.  Back in the ring, Norton puts on his armbar submission.

Pittman is telling manager Teddy Long not to throw in the towel.  Out comes Ice Train, who grabs the towel and throws it in himself, ending the match.

Winner: Scott Norton

Norton doesn’t release the hold for a long time, but he finally does, then he and Ice Train stare each other down for a bit.  Finally the ring clears and we get a quick replay of the end of the match.

We go back to the locker room with Mean Gene, Lex Luger, Arn Anderson, and Ric Flair.  Everyone’s asking where Sting is.  Luger says that he’s been a Horseman, he’s been in War Games…he knows what’s at stake.  Luger says he heard the Steiners say Sting was here, so he’s here.  Flair gives Luger the business until Mongo and Benoit walk in.  Mongo gives Luger crap over Sting not being here, saying that’s what they get for trying to take their spots.  Benoit asks where Sting is as well.  Luger says they know that there’s no one they can trust to be there for WCW more than Sting.  Double A says that he’s already called ahead to Winston-Salem for a hospital room because he knows he’s going to need it.  He says Hogan already too a bat to him and tried to put his eyes out with paint.  They should have used battery acid, because that’s what he would have done!  They argue with Luger a bit more as we go to commercial.

Panning crowd shots are now completely being taken over by people holding up their nWo flyers.

Quick recap of DDP VS Eddie Guerrero at the Clash of the Champions and the three Diamond Cutters DDP gave to Eddie.  We see Chavo Guerrero beat DDP three weeks ago and eat a Diamond Cutter for his troubles, then taking Nick Patrick’s belt and beating Chavo down with it.

Match #4: Joe Gomez VS Juventud Guerrera

Juvi hits this weird springboard flip that looks like he only got a piece of it.  As Joe Gomez gets sent to the floor, the announcers talk about Konnan and the changes he’s been going through.  They state he’s dressing more like a Mexican gang member now.

Both men are on the apron in the corner.  Juvi jumps in and tries to bring Gomez in with a head scissors, but Gomez times it terribly and jumps well after the move.  Juvi takes him up top then backflips off and stands there in the ring, effectively doing nothing.  Gomez comes off the top and Juvi dropkicks him out of the air…badly.  Juvi comes off the top with a hilo con plancha (Tony calls this a “flippy move”) that looks just as bad as everything else in this match for the win.

Winner: Juventud Guerrera

This match was awful.  The crowd agreed, as well.  They’re booing every time a move gets botched.

Mean Gene calls in Nick Patrick, asking about the DQ of Lex Luger last week.  Patrick says that Luger intentionally struck him and that anyone can see it.  Patrick calls out Gene for starting all this crap about him and while we were all looking at Patrick, Giant snuck in and put one over on us.  Gene says that Patrick has a nice car, a nice Rolex, a house…Patrick says Gene is going to keep pushing his buttons and they’re going to wind up in court.

We go outside and we see the same flyers from earlier being put on cars by the nWo themselves!  They’re out in the rain doing this, which is some dedication.  Dibiase is clearly talking to someone in a limo as well.  We see the four known members of the New World Order clearly in frame, so this leads us to believe that the 6th man is in that limo tonight!

Commercial break, including the Saturday Night breakdown.  DDP will take on Jim Duggan.  Rick Steiner will take on Kurasawa.  Shane will not be watching.  Of course, in 1996, Shane probably was watching, I’m not going to lie.

Match #5: Rick Steiner VS “The Total Package” Lex Luger

Tony speculates that Luger and Patrick were in cahoots and that they conspired to throw out the tag match last week.  Wow, what the hell, Tony?!  Larry doesn’t follow that logic, though, and says that WCW needs to look to Luger to be the man and take the title back from Hogan.

Quick commercial break and we’re back to the start of the match.  Rick Steiner is wearing two different boots.  Luger makes a show of shaking Steiner’s hand.  Steiner takes him down with a headlock takeover and from there for a while it’s all Steiner and a ground based game.  I’m so used to watching the Steiners toss fools around that it’s odd to watch one of them wear someone down with mat wrestling.

Luger tries to get up but Steiner’s right back on him with a takedown.  Luger gets away but is met with a big Steinerline for his trouble as we kick off to Hour #2 and our Hour #2 announcers.  Bischoff mentions that Nick Patrick is not the referee for this match so that there’s no controversy.  Big powerslam from Steiner and the crowd is liking that.  Rick follows with an elbow drop for two.

Heenan starts off by asking where Sting is.  Bischoff isn’t worried.

Luger rushes Steiner and runs right into the loving arms of an overhead belly-to-belly suplex.  Rick beats Luger around the ring a bit and goes for a German suplex but Lex grabs the top rope for dear life.  Irish whip and another Steinerline for two.  Lex is sent into the corner and explodes out of it with a jumping clothesline that turns Steiner inside out.  Irish whip again and a powerslam from Luger.  Luger calls for

Lex goes to pick him up and out runs referee Nick Patrick.  Patrick is motioning Lex Luger to follow him, saying come out back.  Luger takes off.

We cut out to the limo and Ted Dibiase arguing with someone in the limo.  We can clearly hear that it’s Sting’s voice.  Out comes Luger, asking “where is he?”  Dibiase asks what Sting would be doing with him.  The limo door opens and out comes Sting.  He kicks Luger in the gut and the rest of the nWo jumps in, helping with the beatdown.  Sting runs off and jumps in a car as Hogan and Dibiase get a few more kicks in.  Luger fires back up a bit, sending their limo driver flying off into the parking lot.  Dibiase and Hogan take off running in opposite directions as well as Luger starts checking the limos, finding nothing.

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We’re back to our announcers who run down what just happened.  Heenan says that it looked like Nick Patrick set Luger up.  Bischoff says forget about Patrick, who cares about him.  Bischoff says he’s hearing from security that they don’t know where the nWo scattered to.  Mike Tenay is just sitting there silently, looking like his puppy just ran away.  Bischoff kicks us off to video from last week of Ted Dibiase coming into the arena, as well as the Giant’s turn.  This is narrated by Tony Schiavone for some reason.  This promo goes on for a good five minute or so, basically recapping the entirety of last week’s episode.  When it’s done, we cut back to our announcers, still looking like they’ve lost their kittens.  Don’t get me wrong, when this happened, I was beside myself that Sting could possibly turn on WCW and join the nWo, but damn, man.

They end the promo with the line “WCW…more unified than ever before” however, which isn’t really apropos for the situation.  Bischoff forlornly kicks us back to the footage of Sting and the now jumping Luger in the parking lot then cuts to commercial, including another nWo shirt ad.  Talk about kicking a company when they’re down.

Back from commercial and we have Lex Luger, Big Bubba, Rick Steiner, Brian Knobbs, Scott Norton, the French Canadians., and a few others looking through the parking lot for Sting.  Nice to see the French Canadians jump in quickly seeing as how they just got here.

Match #6: WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match: Billy Kidman VS Rey Mysterio, Jr. (WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Bobby mirrors my sentiments by saying “Eric, it sounds like you just lost your best friend.”  There’s no response from Eric, so after a beat, Bobby goes “Obviously you did.”

Tenay starts off by telling us that due to the influx of Mexican wrestlers, Billy Kidman has been kind of lost in the cruiserweight shuffle.  He’s not wrong.  Rey starts of with a hurracanrana that sends Kidman to the floor.  He hits another one on the floor and sends Kidman back into the ring.  He goes for a springboard move but Kidman dropkicks him out of the air, slams him, then hits a big top rope splash for two.  Irish whip to the ropes, shoulder to the gut to Kidman, then flipping springboard senton for the win.

Winner: Rey Mysterio, Jr. (still WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

Damn, that was quick!

Rey was wearing a black and neon green outfit that looked pretty badass.  I liked it.

Match #7: The Faces of Fear w/ Jimmy Hart VS Public Enemy

This one degenerates into a brawl pretty quickly.  I’m not gonna lie, I’m kind of getting tired of Public Enemy.  Their matches are super hard to watch because they never work like actual tag matches and always end up split screened.

Rocco Rock tries to hit a springboard moonsault but lands all kinds of awkwardly on Barbarian.

The match finally turns into a normal tag team match and the first thing I notice is the damn Leprechaun running around ringside.  This is one of the stupidest things WCW has ever come up with.  In a world where we’re moving into reality type storylines, this just looks very stupid and makes me wonder who thought this would be a good idea.

For some reason we cut to a promo in the middle of a match.

Yes, let me repeat that…a backstage promo in the MIDDLE OF A DAMN MATCH!

It’s Mean Gene with the Horsemen and Luger.  Gene asks what’s going on with Sting.  Double A says he’s not upset that Luger lost a friend.  He’s not upset that he lost a teammate.  He’s upset because for the last 10 years, the only thing that has been constant is Sting.  Arn says he wants answers from Luger.  Luger says he has no answers.  He’s just been stabbed in the back by his best friend.  He leaves, saying he’s going to go try to get answers.  Flair says that if Luger wants to ride with the Horsemen, he’s in.  Flair says four of them will walk in and four will walk out.  Double A says that if Sting isn’t going to be in the spot, he’s got two men that are chomping at the bit for it and wanted it to begin with.  Mongo ends the promo screaming “gimme the ball!”

Through the second half of the promo they splitscreen the match, but honestly, the promo is way more interesting so I hate to say it, but I didn’t catch what was going on.

Back to the match, the Faces of Fear are in control.  Barbarian sends Rocco into the corner but is met by a boot.  Rocco goes for the tag but Barbarian cuts him off.  This brings in Grunge, who draws the referee’s attention and lets the Faces of Fear double team Rock in the corner.

Bischoff says that people have been saying that War Games should have originally been the Four Horsemen and he’s inclined to agree.  He then calls Nick Patrick an nWo protégé.

The tables get setup right off of the corner and Barbarian puts Rocco Rock on it and dives from the top to the floor.  At the last moment, though, Rocco Rock moves so Barbarian crashes through the table and to the floor!  Rock brings in another table.  Public Enemy sets Meng on it, Grunge holds him down and Rocco hits a moonsault through the table.  Barbarian comes back in and it’s a brawl.  Meng locks on the Tongan Death Grip on Grunge, prompting Nick Patrick to FINALLY end the match.  One would think the moonsault through the table would be enough.

Winners: Faces of Fear (via DQ)

During the recap, Bobby calls Meng “Haku.”

We’re in the ring with Mean Gene and the entirety of the Dungeon of Doom.  Konnan is now standing with them.  Wonder when that happened.  Jimmy Hart says he’s upset that people keep blaming him for creating The Giant.  Big Bubba calls out Glacier again.  Gene asks Konnan about Fall Brawl.  Konnan says that Kevin Sullivan has led the biggest gang wars from California to Miami.  He challenges the nWo to come to the ring right now.  Konnan has now ditched his colorful clothes and is dressed like a stereotypical Latino gang member now.  Pretty drastic change in looks.  Sullivan, who is dressed in jeans and a WCW t-shirt oddly enough, says that they helped Savage to the back last week, and if he wants to pay them back, take out Tenta tonight.

Commercial, including a new nWo add that isn’t for the t-shirt.  They’re posing behind a chainlink cage.  Hogan is talking about being the champion.  They talk about Ted Dibiase having more money than Ted Turner.  They talk about Giant joining and no one believing there was a 5th man despite Dibiase telling them.  Pretty cool promo.  These things are so awesome.  Ted says that WCW wants them in this match, well they want some things too.  They want their own segment on a WCW TV show and they want their own tag team tournament to showcase their talent.  Hall holds up the 4 Horsemen sign and says they’re going to turn it over and now it’s “nWo 4 life.”

Match #8: John Tenta VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Tenta is coming out to Jericho’s future WCW music.  It was odd hearing that.  I actually started writing “Lionheart” Chris Jericho until Tenta walked out and I had to erase it.  So odd how music gets recycled sometimes.

Tenta takes it to Savage immediately.  Clothesline, sends him into the corner, then nailing him with shots.  Tenta wrestling like a heel here, which is odd because last time we saw him he was a babyface, feuding with Big Bubba.  Tenta still has half of his head shaved, too, which is dumb.  How long ago was that angle?  Three months?  At least two?

Savage tries a scoop slam but Tenta just weighs too much and comes crashing down on him.  They end up outside where Savage takes a steel chair to Tenta a few times before sending him back into the ring.  Double axe handle and then TWO flying elbow drops.  Out comes Teddy Long and he’s begging Savage to follow him, yelling “they’re back, they’re back.”  Savage leaps from the ring and to the floor and follows Teddy out.

Winner: No Contest

The moment Savage shows up, the limo speeds off.  We also see the Horsemen, Rick Steiner, and the Dungeon of Doom are there as well.  They find another limo and Savage searches it, coming out with a box of spray paint.  The WCW guys spray WCW on the limo, in the rain, so it doesn’t show up at all and won’t stay there.  That’s not intelligent, but emotions are running high, so I’ll give it to them.  They pull back and basically everyone who was on this show is out there now.

We kick back to the announcers to finish off the show.  They’re joined by Double A, who is soaking wet, but he grabs a headset.  He says the world’s in shock and outraged, but there’s no one hotter than the Horsemen.  He says everything started 10 years ago with Flair, Anderson, Tully Blanchard and Ole Anderson.  He says they showed Hogan the way.  He says Hogan wants to be a Horseman but he just don’t know how, so he’s surround himself with every cutthroat he can find.  Now he’s even taken Sting, which he says he never thought would happen.  He tells Sting that if he shows up as the 4th man at War Games, though, they’ll take his head off and that’s the God’s honest truth.  Flair says they shouldn’t have the Horsemen locked up backstage.  They should be out here up front.  He says that the nWo will not leave Winston-Salem alive.

Eric says that maybe it was a mistake to ever bring Hulk Hogan to WCW and that maybe they haven’t given the Horsemen their due.  I’m sure that hurt Eric to say.

We end the show with another replay of Sting and the nWo beating down Luger.

 

Damn.  This show!  Emotions running rampant.  Sting has betrayed WCW.  The Horsemen are hot about it and they’re ready to kill.  WCW is pissed.  Bischoff is admitting that Hogan shouldn’t be in the company.  It’s awesome!

Some good wrestling throughout the show, honestly, but a few too many no contests and DQs for my liking, unfortunately.  I liked Savage just wrecking shop on Tenta, though.  I also really liked seeing Bobby Heenan standing with the Four Horsemen at the end.  It made me realize how much I would have loved to see Heenan manage them.  We got a quick glimpse of that in June at Bash at the Beach, but him managing the full group would have been awesome and really helped guys like Mongo and Benoit who can’t cut promos for anything.

Sting, though…turning his back on WCW and on his best friend.  Like Double A has said multiple times, Sting was my constant, so watching this in 1996, seeing my favorite wrestler turn and join the nWo, who I still hated because they were the heels…that one was rough.  I couldn’t believe it.  Why would he do it?

We’re in a very interesting place going into Fall Brawl, though, so in that regard, this show was an amazing go-home show.  It turned the entire main event on its head.  We went in knowing who all four of WCW’s guys were, but not knowing who the 4th man in the nWo was.  Then Giant jumped ship, but we knew it wouldn’t be him because he’s wrestling Savage that night.  But now…all signs point to Stinger being the 4th man…and now we’re without a 4th man for team WCW.  This set everything into chaos and now the idea of Flair, Arn, and Luger getting to lock themselves in the steel War Games cages and beat the hell out of the nWo and the traitorous Sting…that’s something that sells tickets and PPV buys, friends.  Trust me, I know.  I sacrificed $30 of my money I had saved for a Sony Playstation because I just HAD to see this.

Join us next time for the Finale of Kick Out at Nitro Vol. 3…Fall Brawl: War Games!

Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings –2.4

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.7

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 28) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 7)

WWF’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 6

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 11

At this point, we’re one full year into this war.  Nitro ran unopposed its first night, so it wasn’t until the next week (9/10/1995) that the Monday Night War officially kicked off.  So, at this point, we stand 28-17 in Nitro’s favor, with two tie weeks and 7 weeks that the two shows ran unopposed.  It’s interesting to look back and see that the two shows were tied the week before WCW’s 11 week win-streak (at this point) began, but that really shows that the audience was there for both shows equally until the summer of the New World Order.  While WCW isn’t running away with the war and the victories are usually only about a point away from each other, it’s clear to see that The Outsiders and Hogan have started something in Turner-land that really brought in the viewers.  Looking back, I was still 100% into WCW at this time.  While I knew what was going on over on Raw, WCW was my main viewing pleasure.  They definitely had me hooked, and it looks like they had a lot of others as well.

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WWF Raw results from this week

Faarooq (w/ Sunny) defeated Savio Vega in a WWF Intercontinental Title Tournament Quarter Final Match (13:37)

The Stalker defeated TL Hopper (3:28)

Crush (w/ Clarence Mason) defeated Freddie Joe Floyd (2:41)

The Undertaker defeated Salvatore Sincere (9:55)

Three enhancement matches.  Why did Taker VS Sal Sincere go 10 minutes?!  That’s insane.  On paper, it’s no wonder why Nitro decimated Raw this week.

KoaNitro copyIt took a while, but we’ve hit a pretty big milestone here at Kick Out at Nitro.  Tonight’s episode is Nitro number 50.  That makes this the 50th installment of Kick Out at Nitro!  That’s pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.

When I first sat down to start this process, back on September 4th, 2014, I mapped out every episode of Nitro, Thunder, and the PPVs, so that I would have a roadmap for where I was going.  That list is daunting, to say the least.  At times I wondered where I would start getting tired of doing it, to be quite honest.  It’s also kind of interesting how my process changed.  Originally I watched the episode and just did the write-up the next day out of memory.  Then, I started taking notes and then just expanding them during the write-up.  Later, I found it easier to just sit down with the laptop in my lap and go with the flow as the show went on.  That’s when you saw them start to get upwards of 3,000 and 4,000 words for a Nitro, if you hadn’t guessed that already.  With this being Episode 50, that means that when I close down “Volume 3” of this blog, there will be 52 episodes included.  Due to them skipping an episode one week, this makes it slightly longer than one year of episodes.  Of course, it’s been about a year and a half of me doing the write-ups due to some family issues and my own schedule getting busy.  However, myself and my crack team of fellow WCW historians will continue to get these cranked out for your enjoyment!

Now, enough lollygagging and on to the show!

WCW Monday Nitro comes to us tonight from Palmetto, FL.  My first reaction is that we’re now almost two months past the Bash at the Beach, but yellow and red Hulk Hogan is still all over the intro video.  He turned his back, people!  Get him out of the opening!  It only took three weeks to get Vader out after he went AWOL!

The show starts and we’ve already got the competitors in the ring for…

Match #1: Juventud Guerrera VS Billy Kidman

Pre-Flock and Pre-wifebeater/shorts Billy Kidman always seems odd to me.  This is Juventud’s debut, though, so that’s interesting.  Larry makes sure to differentiate between Guerrera and Guerrero.  Tony tells us that his name means “young warrior.”

Quick moves, including a nice slam from Kidman.  Guerrera gets rough with a sunset powerbomb to the floor from the ring apron.  He hits a crazy twisting dive into the ring to follow that.  He tries another, but Kidman catches him with a powerbomb of his own for two.

Tony tells us that Guerrera will face Konnan for the Mexican Heavyweight Championship at Fall Brawl.

Kidman with a slam and a shooting star press for two.  He goes up top again but Juvi catches him and takes him off the top with a twisting hurracanrana for the win.

Winner: Juventud Guerrera

THIS, to me, is the beginning of the first hour WCW Cruiserweight spectaculars that we’re going to get.  Don’t get me wrong, Dean VS Rey has been awesome, but Dean is a ground based wrestler, so we get two different styles.  This was two high flyers, two young guys, and they’re tearing the house down.  This is what we’ve been waiting on, ladies and gentlemen!

Mean Gene joins Juvi in the ring and tells him that he doesn’t “comprendo Español.”  Juventud proceeds to cut the worst promo ever.  His mask is in his mouth and pushing his nose up and you can tell he’s having a hard time talking through it.  He also can’t speak English for crap, so this is just awful.  The crowd starts booing him and Mean Gene just gets tired of it and walks away mid-sentence.

Commercial break, Glacier promo…this is getting old.

Back from commercial and our announcers run down last week’s crazy meeting between the Horsemen, Sting and Luger.  We get a replay of that meeting for good measure.

Match #2: Marcus Bagwell & Jim Powers w/ Teddy Long VS “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan & Big Bubba w/ Jimmy Hart

The babyfaces are announced as also being joined by the “injured” Scotty Riggs, but he’s nowhere to be seen.

Powers and Sullivan start it off on the floor, and Powers is not showing any fear of the leader of the Dungeon of Doom.  Powers takes Sullivan down with a dropkick, which brings in Bubba, but he’s met with a dropkick from Bagwell.  The babyfaces clear the ring and celebrate for a moment.  They’re working pretty well together, but at this point, Bagwell is on his 19th tag team partner, I think, so he can work with anyone.

Bagwell and Bubba mix it up for a bit, resulting in a Bagwell 1 count before getting the crap powerbombed out of him by Bubba.  Bubba ties Bagwell up in the tree of woe and tags out to Sullivan, who rushes him with the knee and quickly tags back out to the big man.  Buff-to-be gets the hot tag to Powers, who takes the opportunity to slam Bubba’s head into the turnbuckle 10 times before turning that same attention to both Sullivan AND Jimmy Hart.  Not gonna lie, Powers is impressing here.  Crossbody block, Powers pins, gets what he THINKS is 3, but “worst referee ever” Nick Patrick waves it off and restarts the match.  The heels rush the babyfaces while they’re celebrating.  Bossman Slam for the win.

Winners: Kevin Sullivan & Big Bubba

Teddy Long gives Patrick a piece of his mind on the outside now as we get the replay.  The shoulder comes up about a second after the three count, showing us that Patrick really did screw over the babyfaces in this one.

Mean Gene joins the Dungeon in the ring.  Bubba says this shows he should be in the main event, getting the title shots.  Dear God, please no.  Bubba asks “what about this Glacier character?!”  He calls out the fact that Glacier’s promos have been on for three months now.  He says if he’s coming, to bring it this way.  Sullivan says he saw Mean Gene on a boat with Hogan three weeks ago.  Gene says that wasn’t him, that was Bischoff!  This little segment goes nowhere, but Sullivan calls out Benoit at the tail end as Gene pitches us to commercial break.

Back from break and we get Mean Gene, again, with Luger and Sting.  Maybe there’s a bit too many interview segments here.  I’m getting a bit tired of seeing Gene.  We’re only 20 minutes in and I’ve seen him three times now.  Sting and Luger say they thought everything was cool after last week, but here they are tonight wrestling the Horsemen.  They talk a bit about the Horsemen, about the nWo, and we go back to the announcers for our third match.

Match #3: Mike Enos VS Chavo Guerrero, Jr.

Mean Mike looks a bit derpy as he makes his way out from the back.  He starts off by saying everyone there is a bunch of idiots, but dude looks short a few wits himself.

Chavo takes it to Enos quick and hard.  That comes to a halt, though, when he dives over the top rope to the floor and is simply caught by Enos and fallaway slammed for his trouble.

Chavo will take on DDP at Fall Brawl, we’re told.

Enos shoulders Chavo and casually walks him up the steps and into the ring, then tossing him over the top rope.  Backbreaker and a stretch in the center of the ring now as Enos’s tag partner, Dick Slater, makes his way to ringside.  For some reason, though, Slater has a towel over his head.

Quick cut to the crowd and we get Konnan in flannel, sunglasses and a hat.  This has already happened?!  Damn, I hate not having Saturday Night.  Last we saw Konnan, he had gotten a bit more aggressive, which the commentators mention, but I didn’t know he had already gone full K-Dawg.

Chavo’s getting beat down in the ring for the most part until getting some kind of move done to Enos’s knee.  He capitalizes by locking on a Figure 4.  As Enos struggles to get out, he clocks referee Randy Anderson.  This brings in Slater, who elbow drops Chavo.  Slater wraps Slater’s head in the towel and rolls him to the floor, taking his place.  This is stupid since the two of them don’t look a thing alike.  Slater goes for a spinning toe hold, Chavo wraps up a small package for the win (on the wrong man).

Winner: Chavo Guerrero, Jr. (even though, technically, he didn’t…but whatever)

Mean Gene again…Chavo cuts him off and challenges DDP, saying he can’t wait to take on DDP at Fall Brawl.  Chavo really doesn’t come off very charismatic here.

Quick commercial for a WCW Monday Nitro t-shirt featuring…guess who…effing Mean Gene!  5 times now in 30 minutes.  We’re getting Gene an average of ever six minutes at this point.

Match #4: WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match: J.L. VS Rey Mysterio, Jr. (WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

One thing WWE does now that I really like is the graphics telling us that this match is for a championship.  I really had no idea that this was a championship match until the referee held the Championship up at the beginning of the match.

Very interesting flow to this match as opposed to the opening match of the night.  This is a little slower, more methodical, where that opening match was balls out.

We cut away from the match to see Hulk Hogan and the Outsiders headed toward the production truck.  Hogan spray paints NWO 4 LIFE on the side of the truck and Tony sells it like they’ve killed Rey Jr again.  He calls it disgusting.  It’s simple graffiti, Tony, calm the hell down.

“There are going to be some bills coming down from Turner for this!”

Ooooooo, they’re going to have to pay tens of dollars to clean the truck.  That’ll bankrupt these upstart rapscallions but good!

We go to commercial as Rey locks on a camel clutch and come back to JL locking on an ab stretch.  Rey is able to get out of it, flipping out to the apron and coming back in with a slingshot.  He sends JL to the floor and goes over the top, taking him out with a seated senton.  We cut to the entry way where the Ice Man is scouting Mysterio.

JL and Mysterio do some mat wrestling, slowing this match down a bit.  It’s hard to believe that under that crappy purple hood is Jerry Lynn, a man who in a few years will tear down houses with Rob Van Dam.  He’s just so boring as this character.  JL plays dirty during the mat wrestling bit, attacking Rey while he was down in referee’s position, and follows up with a seated powerbomb.  He goes for it again but Rey sunset flips him out of it for two.  JL takes the momentum back over, though, with a Boston crab that he turns into a ¾ bow and arrow lock.  JL’s outfit seems to be torn on the left side.  Quick rollup from Mysterio for two.  JL brings Rey down with a heck of a vertical suplex as we kick into Hour #2 of Nitro.

Bischoff and Heenan bring up the nWo spray painting the truck and apparently they see it as a whole lot less interesting than Tony did.  Bischoff plays it off like it was laughable, which it was, and that it was no big deal.

Springboard Frankensteiner from Rey for the win.

Winner: Rey Mysterio, Jr. (still WCW Cruiserweight Champion)

It’s Mean Gene for the sixth damn time tonight as he’s backstage with Benoit, Mongo, and the full entourage of ladies.  Gene says he heard Chicago wanted Mongo back, but Mongo says he’s not helping Gene’s hotline out with any news.  Woman asks Gene how his boat trip was with Hogan.  Benoit says they didn’t step out of War Games, that was a decision made by the two men who made them Horsemen.  Tonight they’ll take it to Sting and Lex.  With that, we go to commercial.

Bischoff lets us know that Macho Man will get his title match at Halloween Havoc in Las Vegas, setting up the return back from way earlier this year.  We get a replay of Hogan attacking Savage at the Clash of Champions as well as Savage’s promo from last week where Hacksaw randomly wandered around in the background.  We get the end of the Giant/Savage match as well.

Back to…you guessed it…Mean Gene…for the seventh damn time tonight…with Macho Man.  Gene brings up that Savage will be facing Hogan for the title at Halloween Havoc.  Savage is in this cool blue and neon yellow outfit.  He’s wearing one of the tops that he used to wear in WWF, though, which is always a bit random when they show up in WCW.  I never liked the tights + shirt combo, so I usually don’t like it when it shows up now.  Savage cuts a quick promo on Hogan and bounces.

Match #5: Hacksaw Jim Duggan VS The Giant w/ Jimmy Hart

Bischoff tells us that Savage will be taking on The Giant at Fall Brawl.  That’s only the third match from the PPV that I can recall being set in motion right now, and we’re only two more episodes away from the show.

Jimmy Hart starts off by grabbing Hacksaw’s foot, sending Hacksaw out to chace Hart around the ring.  Giant and Duggan brawl a bit outside until Giant tries to shoulder-block Duggan, but Duggan moves and Giant hits the ringpost hard.  Duggan punches Giant once, then just gets back into the ring.  Giant locks on a bear hug and holds it for a bit.  Duggan tries to slam Giant but nothing doing, so Giant locks on the bear hug again.

The crowd starts to look back toward the back and we see Ted Dibiase calmly walking down through the crowd.

Hacksaw wraps up his fist with tape and nails the Giant, but Giant no-sells.  Hacksaw wraps it up a bit more and tries again, but still nothing.  Jimmy goes for the 2×4 and Duggan tries to grab it from him, but Giant choke slams Hacksaw in the center of the ring for three.

Winner: The Giant

We quickly cut to Ted Dibiase who holds up one finger, then two, three, four…and mouths “next week” and holds up the 5th.  Looks like Dibiase is the 4th member of the nWo and we’ve got number 5 to look forward to next week.

Mean Gene, for time number freaking 8, meets with Giant at the entry way.  Giant says Savage better watch out if he’s going to call him out for letting WCW down.

Commercial break for Fall Brawl.

Match #6: Rock & Roll Express VS “Nature Boy” Ric Flair & “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth

Bischoff asks if next week Dibiase is going to come out of retirement to become the 5th Horseman.  Granted, when he held up the 4 fingers, he did it in the 4 Horsemen sign…but damn, Bischoff, that’s a stretch.  As the match starts, he finally comes around and says “maybe he’s the 4th member of the nWo and next week we’ll get the 5th.”  Of course, he then calls back and says no, it’s more reasonable to think he’s going to be a Horseman since he came out before the Horsemen’s match.  Bischoff might be an idiot.

Some good, classic wrestling going on here.  It’s basically 1986 in the ring here.  Sure, everyone’s a little older and a little heavier, but still, the R&R are on point, hitting their double dropkick and playing good foils to the Horsemen.

End of the match is a thing of double-team beauty, though.  All four men are going at it, with Ricky Morton punching Flair in the corner.  Flair brings him off with a reverse atomic drop and Double A snaps off a quick and devastating DDT.  Flair covers for the win.

Winners: Arn Anderson and Ric Flair

Gene.  Ringside with the Horsemen.  Double A is intense and is telling the nWo that previously they’ve been picking their spots, but at Fall Brawl, when they lock the cage, then it’s on.  He says the Horsemen were in the first War Games and they’ll be in the last one.  Oh, how I wish that were true.  Gene asks Flair about the match at the Clash and we see the end of that match in replay.  Gene says that there is speculation that Hogan gave up during that match.  Flair says he heard it.  He says Hogan looked in his eyes and said he gave up, Nature Boy was too much man for him!  Flair says at Fall Brawl, the Outsiders and Hogan are in for it because they’re not in New York, they’re not in Chicago, they’re in Winston-Salem, NC, home of the by-God Four Horsemen!

Match #7: “Lionheart” Chris Jericho VS “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright

Chris Jericho’s WCW debut!  It’s crazy to believe that I’m still watching him on Monday Nights 20 years later.

The two men shake hands at the beginning of the match and go at it.  Some beautiful arm drags from each man, followed by an amazing headscissors from Wright, and a double dropkick that brings them to the Indy-Standoff pose that you get in the opening of so many technical matches.  Jericho transitions out of an arm wrench into a turning northern lights suplex.

Bischoff calls a “back leg side kick” again.  Been a while since I heard that one.

Spinning wheel kick from Jericho.  Wright goes to the ring apron but Jericho dropkicks him off of it and then suplexes him back into the ring for two.  Jericho goes up top but is met in midair with an Alex Wright dropkick and a wheel kick of his own.  Wright comes off with a weird crossbody / headbutt combo but no.  Jericho gets some chops in the corner, then a heavy clothesline in the opposite corner.  He tries again but Alex moves and Jericho takes the tumble to the floor.  Alex tries to come off the top rope onto Jericho on the floor, but Jericho moves and Das Wunderkind eats guardrail.

The referee starts counting Wright out but Jericho says he doesn’t want the win that way, so the referee calls the match a no contest.

Winner: No Contest

For the TENTH TIME TONIGHT, we get Mean Gene at ringside.  Alex Wright says he came to WCW to fight to the best of his ability, but to beat a man like that is not to the best of his ability.  He says a man who would have taken that victory, though, is Hulk Hogan.  Jericho says he and Alex Wright are going to fight for WCW.

Well, that was random.  Very interesting to see Jericho try to throw himself into the nWo story from the get go.  Alex Wright goes to say something but Gene cuts him off and we go to commercial.

Back from commercial and we’re right into our next match.

Match #8: The Steiner Brothers VS The Blue Bloods (Earl Robert Eaton and Squire David Taylor)

Rick starts the match off for the Steiners, but the Blue Bloods have a bit of a discussion on who is going to start.  Both men go to the floor and argue for a bit about it before Rick runs over and slams their heads together.  Finally, Eaton gets in the ring but gets a powerslam and some Steinerlines for his trouble, sending the Blue Bloods back to the floor.

We get two more Fall Brawl matches as Bischoff mentions DDP VS Chavo Guerrero, Jr, as well as Chris Benoit VS Chris Jericho.

Dave Taylor accidentally drills Bobby Eaton with a punch when Rick Steiner moves, but this fires up Taylor.  He lifts Taylor up on his shoulders and Bobby goes up to the top for a diving cross body block.  Rick Steiner reverses it by rolling through it, thankfully not injuring himself since he did spike his head on the mat, but Steiner is able to roll it into a pin.

Winners: The Steiner Brothers

Mean Gene is interviewing the Steiners when the Blue Bloods start beating on each other.  The Steiners start calling color commentary over it in Gene’s mic.  Gene says that the Steiners are taking on Harlem Heat at Fall Brawl for the tag team championship.  Rick cuts a promo on Halloween Havoc, which Scotty has to remind him they’re talking about Fall Brawl.  With that, we go to commercial.

Bischoff is still stuck on the idea that Dibiase is a 5th Horsemen because he’s an idiot.

Match #9: “The Crippler” Chris Benoit & Steve “Mongo” McMichael w/ Woman, Ms. Elizabeth, & Debra McMichael VS Sting & “Total Package” Lex Luger

We start off with a straight brawl.  Everyone is beating on everyone else.  Benoit and Sting pair off as the two former football players take it to each other.

Sting is in one of my favorite looks.  Red tights, white scorpion, white boots, and that longer brown hair.  Where’s that action figure, Mattel?!

Benoit and Sting head to the floor and let Mongo and Luger have at it.  Mongo tags out to Benoit, who gives it to him for a few moments, then quick tag back out to Mongo.  Not gonna like, I like these two as a team.  Mongo comes in with a backbreaker and taunts a bit, showing off for Benoit.  Quick tag again out to Benoit, who hammers Luger with head butts and kicks before they drop each other with a double clothesline.

Sting gets tagged in and goes after Benoit.  He face slams Benoit and goes for the Scorpion Deathlock, which brings in Mongo.  Sting ducks the clothesline and dropkicks Mongo to the floor.  Mongo rams Lex into the ringpost as Sting dives off of the top rope and into the knees of Benoit.

Out comes Hogan.  Mongo sees him and chases him around ringside, Hogan backing off and away from Mongo.  This puts Mongo over nicely.  I actually really dug it and wanted Mongo to get his hands on Hogan!  Out comes Hall with the Pearl Harbor job, though, as he and Nash take out Mongo, spray painting the nWo letters on Mongo’s back.  They go to the ring and Hall gives Sting the Outsider’s Edge and paint him as well.  In comes the rest of the Horsemen, but Hogan sprays paint in the eyes of both Anderson and Flair, taking them out, then spraying a black streak in Flair’s hair.  The nWo kills everyone and is showered in beer and trash in the ring.  Hogan threatens to beat up and spray paint the camera man as they exit the ring and leave the babyfaces in the ring covered in trash.

The nWo heads to the announce booth, running Bischoff off.  Heenan had bolted the moment Hogan showed up.  Nash and Hogan grab headsets and start making jokes about the show, with Hogan spray painting the WCW Nitro logo.  The show goes off the air with a slow motion shot of Dibiase teasing next week.

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Really good show!  Tons of cruiserweight action as we get the debuts of both Juventud Guerrero and Chris Jericho.  Like I said earlier, this is the start of the Cruiserweight division that I fell in love with.  We’ve got tons of high flyers now and the first hour of Nitro is about to get pretty badass.

I wish that I had access to Saturday Night to see how this whole Robert Eaton / David Taylor thing plays out.  I know it’s not going to play out on Nitro because we so rarely see the Blue Bloods on Monday Nights, but this match and the way it ended intrigued me so much and I want to see what happens.  I’m hoping for a Fall Brawl match, but from what I remember, there isn’t one, although it’s been a long time since I watched that show, so I may be wrong.

The main event tag match did a great job at putting over the young Horsemen.  Benoit is a badass, no questions there, and this match did so much to put over Mongo.  Him taking it to Luger and Sting and holding his own…backing down Hulk Hogan…it was actually really awesome.  One thing that I did not expect through this retrospective trip is to enjoy Mongo.  I hated him on commentary, but ever since he took to the ring, I’m seeing him in a new light and I really enjoy his stuff.  Of course, we’re not too far away from his feud with Jeff Jarrett…ugh…I had forgotten about that for the most part.

Hogan, Hall and Nash killing everyone at the end was awesome.  Such a great way to lead into Fall Brawl.

See you again soon, fans, as we head into September of 1996.  Next week’s episode is being handled by Benny, a new face to our Nitro replays.  We’ll see you then!

Shane

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Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – NA

WCW Nitro Ratings – 4.2

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 27) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 6)

WWF’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 6

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 10

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WWF Raw results from this week

There was no Monday Night Raw this week.

KoaNitro copyIt’s been a while, ladies and gentlemen, but fear not…our Ko@2 Time Machine is fired up and the time circuits are set to August 19th, 1996.  Almost 20 years ago and coming to you from Huntsville, Alabama.  We’re a few days removed from the Clash of the Champions and we’re going to start off with a return match from that event for our…

Match #1: VK Wallstreet VS Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Really?  This is the match we want to see again?  We get a quick replay of the end of the match at the Clash, where Hacksaw decided to cheat directly in front of the referee, and failed to do that properly, as he got the referee wrapped up in the tape he was trying to use.

Duggan and Wallstreet get into it at ringside, despite “Worst Referee Ever” Nick Patrick trying to keep that from happening.  Back in the ring we get a duo of clotheslines from Duggan, then Wallstreet tries to go for one of his own, prompting Hacksaw to channel future John Cena and duck then allow Wallstreet to spin himself into a side slam.  Wallstreet is able to take over the advantage before being hit with the Five Knuckle Shuffle, however, and begins taking it to Hacksaw, getting a two count and then going for a rear chin-lock.

We find out that later tonight we’re getting The Giant VS Randy Savage.

Some more back and forth from them until Hacksaw gets a vertical suplex and goes to his tights for some tape.  Nick Patrick sees it and stops him from using it, allowing the tape to go to Wallstreet, who wraps his right fist up.  Patrick tries to stop him and Duggan uses the distraction to get another roll out and tape his fist up.  Both men go to swing, Duggan gets the punch first, in full view of the referee, and gets the win, because Patrick is terrible and didn’t bother DQ’ing both men.

Winner: Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Mean Gene, for some reason, decides to ask Jim Duggan what he thinks about the nWo and Hollywood Hogan.  Duggan says he’s not going to bother yelling at Hogan; he just wants him to think about what he’s doing to his friends and family.  The crowd starts going wild and the camera cuts back to the entry way where “Macho Man” Randy Savage is making his way to the ring.  Hacksaw can’t be bothered to turn slightly to his right and see this, however, as he just keeps asking Mean Gene “what’s happening, Gene?!”

Savage gets in the ring, prompting Duggan to bow up in anticipation of an attack.  Savage tells him that they’re on the same wavelength, so calm down.  He says he’s going after Hogan.  Tonight, though, he’s going after The Giant.  He says The Giant told Savage to step aside and that he would take care of everything, but that didn’t happen, and now the WCW World Championship has nWo spray painted on it.

We cut to commercial and come back to our Hour 1 announcers, Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyszko, running down the last few weeks as they pertain to The Giant.  We get a quick replay of that squash match with Chris Benoit where Giant chokeslammed him out of his boots.  Tony tells us Benoit and Woman are still having some issues and then puts over The Giant a bit more.

Match #2: Earl Robert Eaton VS “The Canadian Crippler” Chris Benoit w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth

Eaton comes out by himself, with no Regal, Taylor, or even Jeeves.  The announcers speak of possible dissention in the ranks of the Blue Bloods.

Quick lock up and then punches, headbutts, and savage kicks from Benoit.  We get an Irish whip into an abdominal stretch, but Eaton powers out.  The two wrestle for a moment and then go to the floor where Benoit runs Eaton’s head into a ringpost.  From there, it’s all Benoit on the floor.  He gets into the ring to break up the count out and Woman takes the moment to attack Eaton with a punt.

Tony sells us on Fall Brawl, saying that around this time every year the WCW wrestlers get a bit more violent.  I love Fall Brawl and love War Games, so I’m very excited about this one coming up in a few weeks.  Tony sells us on War Games by saying that more men have been injured in War Games than any other match in WCW.

Eaton takes over the momentum with a swinging neckbreaker and goes up top for the Alabama Jam.  Is it still the Alabama Jam with this Blue Blood gimmick?  Anyway, Benoit moves, clotheslines the crap out of Eaton, then finishes him off with the top rope diving headbutt.

Winner: Chris Benoit

Yet another damn Glacier commercial.  We’re still about 4 weeks from him finally debuting, though, so damn…

Video replay of the triangle match for the WCW Tag Team Championship where “Most Terrible Referee Ever” Nick Patrick ended the match just when the Steiner Brothers had the match won.  He spotted the Outsiders and ended the match before anyone from the outside involved themselves in the match at all.  We then get the ending to the World Championship match where Hall and Nash beat the hell out of Flair.

Tony kicks us to Mean Gene, backstage with Sting and Lex Luger.  Gene says that he heard there may be a surprise tonight.  Lex asks Sting how many time they’ve faced the Horsemen.  Sting says hundreds.  Lex says tonight, they’ve got a plan.  Gene says he wants info about the surprise and asks Sting.  Sting says there’s a surprise then he and Lex bail.

Match #3: Disco Inferno VS Scott Norton

Disco just taking a beating in this match.  Of course, Disco is playing it a bit more comedic than I would like, but Norton spends most of his time getting in a big move and Disco spends his crawling away on the mat and begging off.  Disco tries to get in some offense, but it’s completely no-sold and Disco gets taken out by one back elbow.

Disco finally gets some momentum by going to Norton’s eyes, but, of course, Disco gonna Disco, so he celebrates instead of going for the DDT he has locked on.  Suplex, shoulder breaker, single arm DDT, and an armbar called the Flash Back for the win.

Winner: Scott Norton

I love Norton squashing fools…but I did not like Disco playing it up as much.  This should have been a straight ass beating with no comedy or hope spots, honestly.  Disco is the kind of guy you can do that to, so they should have capitalized.

We’re backstage with Mean Gene, Teddy Long, and a very heavily taped up Ice Train.  Teddy Long apologizes for not being in Ice Train’s corner at Hog Wild due to being chokeslammed by The Giant.  Teddy says that Norton never beat Ice Train at the PPV, though…the referee stopped the match, and since that referee was Nick Patrick, that’s suspect.  Ice Train spits some gibberish about Soul Trains and Rock & Roll Trains, then says that Norton can’t always jump him from behind, eventually they’ll meet face to face.

Match #4: Lord Steven Regal VS “The Man of 1,000 Holds” Dean Malenko

Match starts off with some beautiful catch wrestling between these two masters.  Weirdly, we cut to commercial about a minute into the match.  Really, WCW…we couldn’t have done this two minutes earlier and just started the match once we came back?

Regal is pretty much in control, showing that off with a nice enziguri before locking on a head and arm hold.  Malenko floats over a hiptoss into a pin, which is really cool.  Regallocks down Dean into a hold on the mat but Malenko is able to get out of it, coming back with two nice German suplexes, the second one for two.  Regal butterfly suplexes Malenko into a tri of two counts.  Regal is all over Malenko in this match.  Regal finally goes for one too many, though, as Malenko wraps him up in a cradle package for the win.

Winner: Dean Malenko

Mean Gene comes to the entry way and welcomes the Horsemen and their entourage.  Double A says that he heard Sting and Luger say they didn’t like the Horsemen.  Arn says he doesn’t need anyone to like him as long as he has the Horsemen.  Flair cuts a quick promo on Sting and Luger, grabbing Liz and pulling her close while he does.  Liz STILL looks so uneasy out there with Naitch.  She just doesn’t fit in with this group.  Hour number two starts and the pyro and music kicks off, but Flair just doesn’t care and keeps cutting his promo.  He calls out Hogan to end it off and we finally kick off to our Hour #2 announce team just in time to cut to commercial.

Match #5: The Nasty Boys VS Public Enemy

Back from commercial break to a tag team.  Bischoff tells us that WWF has issued a lawsuit against WCW and assures us that WCW isn’t going anywhere and that they aren’t going to change the way that they do business.  This is more in response to Hogan and the Outsiders, but starting it off with info about a WWF lawsuit shows what that comment was really aimed at.

The WWE Network version of Public Enemy’s song is not good.  I hate that they can’t use the original songs for so many people.

“Don’t sit down with your notebook and try to keep track of a lot of technical wrestling here.”  Thanks, Eric.  He’s not wrong, though, as immediately the two teams separate and we go into split screen.

Johnny Grunge hits this crazy lucha move where he vaults to the top rope, sits out, and backflips out of a top wrist lock.  Surprisingly agile for a big man and unfortunately it wasn’t really played off for what it was due to the split screen and our announce team talking about the Outsiders at the time.

Rocco Rock goes for an elbow drop off of the ring apron to the floor, but Brian Knobbs moves and Grunge eats the concrete hard.  Grunge gets clotheslined in the corner and then kind of staggers out but really just kind of stands there.  Bischoff plays it off as Grunge being out on his feet, but you can clearly tell he’s just not doing anything.  He eats a Saggs clothesline, but then Rock comes in and helps Grunge double team Saggs.  The Public Enemy set up Saggs for a move through the table, but Saggs moves and both members of the Public Enemy crash through the ringside table.  Elbow drop from Knobbs for the win.

Winners: The Nasty Boys

Mean Gene in the ring with the Nastys.  Again, Gene asks them about the nWo for some reason.  Saggs just says they’re out there to be nasty.  Gene asks Brian Knobbs about his “hanging and banging” with Hulk Hogan.  Yes, it sounded that lame.  Knobbs says that one a friend, always a friend, but transitions quickly to saying that they want the tag team belts for the 4th time.

Can we please stop asking Brian Knobbs about hanging out with Hulk Hogan?  Seriously, we do this every week it seems.  They haven’t turned.  They’re never around him.  There’s really no precedent for them hanging out in story line as the Nastys were always heels and Hogan was always a babyface…it’s just annoying and takes up time.

Commercial break and it’s for the August Issue of WCW Magazine.  You can find that issue in PDF form on this site!  I’ll conveniently link you to it right here!

Match #6: Diamond Dallas Page VS Chavo Guerrero, Jr.

We get a quick recap of the recent history of DDP and the Guerreros, going back to Clash of Champions where DDP beat up Eddie Guerrero after their match when Eddie won the Battle Bowl ring.

DDP is taking the fight to Chavo, overpowering him with his weight and height quite nicely.  DDP gets some big moves in, like a big sit out powerbomb and a hell of a side suplex, but pulls Chavo up out of the pin at 2 each time.  He calls for the Diamond Cutter, drags Chavo up by his hair, but Chavo reverses it and gets a win with a backslide.

Winner: Chavo Guerrero, Jr.

DDP answers back immediately with a Diamond Cutter.   He pulls off Nick Patrick’s belt and starts whipping Chavo unmercifully.  Referee Randy Anderson comes running to the ring and stops DDP, then yells at Nick Patrick and asks why he didn’t stop Page.  Patrick says he tried to then leaves.  Bischoff calls for Patrick’s head, saying the WCW Executive Committee is here and that they need to figure this Nick Patrick stuff out.

Mean Gene catches Patrick on the entrance ramp and asks him what the hell.  He says that Patrick had the chance to stop this before it started, but he did nothing.  Nick Patrick says if he was a cop and this was a hostile environment, he wouldn’t charge in by himself, he would wait for backup.  Mean Gene says that Randy Anderson is half of Patrick’s size.  Patrick says that’s what makes them such a great team, they have each other’s back.  Patrick says that his biggest issue is Mean Gene blowing everything out of proportion!  Gene says he couldn’t help but notice that nice new home that Nick bought as we go to commercial.

Match #7: WCW World Tag Team Championship: American Males VS Harlem Heat (WCW World Tag Team Champions) w/ Sister Sherri & Col. Robert Parker

As I write this, WWE 2K16 just released their Hall of Fame Showcase DLC that included Harlem Heat.  I had so much fun yesterday beating down Sting & Luger with the Heat.  They even added in the Harlem Hangover, one of my favorite finishers ever, so I was quite happy!  They come in their default red outfits that they’re in during this match (plus some entrance gear from Halloween Havoc 1996, which is coming up soon) but I also changed them into their black outfits because I always dug those.  I’m slowing turning that game into a WCW game, and it’s awesome.

The tag team champs are taking it to the American Males.  Of course, they’re outmanned by two once you count in the distractions they have with Harlem Heat’s two managers.  Plus, the referee for this match is Worst Referee Ever, Nick Patrick, yet again, so at this point it’s almost five on two.

Booker misses an elbow drop and comes up with the Spinaroonie, then flows perfectly into a jumping side kick, which is how I like my Spinaroonies to end.  I’ve said it before a ton, but I HATE that being a random taunt like it was in WWE.  It’s just so awesome as a transition.  Stevie Ray gets a little more offense in, tags out to Booker, who comes off the top with a missile dropkick but is caught in mid air by a Scotty Riggs dropkick.  Riggs gets the hot tag to Bagwell, who is a house of fire with dropkicks.  He clears the ring until Booker is able to catch him and attempt a pump-handle slam.  Bagwell reverses it for a pin, but it’s broken up.  Bagwell gets a quick rollup, but kick out at two.  Bagwell attempts to go up top, but Booker shoves him off and into the waiting arms of a Stevie Ray powerslam for the win.

Winners:  Harlem Heat (still WCW World Tag Team Champions)

Match #8: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair & “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth VS “Total Package” Lex Luger & Sting

In a world where WWE apparently doesn’t own a lot of the WCW music rights, how can they still use “Man Called Sting” for these episodes of Nitro, but we can’t use it for the WWE video games?  Plus, why can’t I get 1996 brown haired Sting in those games?  It’s my hope that one day, WWE will simply put out a WCW video game.  It’s a long shot and I know deep down it’ll never happen, but still, a mark can dream.

Sting gets in the ring and calls for a mic.  He asks what the chances of getting the other two Horsemen in the ring are.  As we go to a quick commercial, Mongo and The Crippler make their way to the ring.

We come back from commercial and Mean Gene is in the ring with everyone.  Sting says that something is going on in WCW.  He says Lex and himself can’t trust the Horsemen, but the one thing they have in common is that they bleed WCW.  Sting says in 30 days, War Games is coming.  He knows that War Games was created by the Horsemen, for the Horsemen.  However, all respect to Benoit and McMichael, there are only four men in the ring that have ever felt War Games.  Sting says he’s not asking, he’s demanding, those other two spots in War Games.  Double A says he doesn’t like them.  He tells Lex that he can’t just bring in his jiggling pecs to War Games.  However, if he brings the determination that made that body, he can work with that.  Luger asks Flair if in their entire history, if they’ve ever left the ring after a match with Sting and Luger and said “they didn’t bring it all.”  Arn asks if for one night, can Sting put aside the Little Stingers and really bring it?  Arn Anderson says War Games is all about submission.  He says the Outsiders will have to kill him because he’ll never say “I quit.”  Sting says WCW hasn’t been a cake walk for Flair and Anderson, but Sting has lived WCW.  Flair says that he knows who Sting is better than anyone.  Flair says that if Mongo and Benoit step aside, he’ll agree.  Flair says the decision goes to the Horsemen first, though.  Mean Gene asks Benoit his thoughts.  Benoit says he’s waited his whole career to be a Horsemen and to get to this.  He’ll stand behind the Horsemen, though.  Mongo says he knows what it’s like to be on a winning team and what it’s like to sacrifice.  If the big men say this is it, he’s for it.  He tells Luger and Sting, though, that he’ll be watching and if they don’t hold up their end, what the nWo have done to them will feel like a walk in the park.

This segment did an amazing job getting War Games over.  It’s kind of funny, though, hearing Double A talk up how ruthless you have to be in War Games as the Horsemen hardly ever win that match.  War Games is almost always a babyface victory.  However, he just does such an amazing job of getting over how it’s a war, literally, and that it’s not about winning, it’s about destruction.

One of the best parts, to me, was Mongo.  Mongo came across as such a badass here.  He defers to the elder statesmen, but the way that he stands up to Sting and Luger, telling them that if they let his leaders down, he’ll personally hand them their ass…that’s awesome.  It’s so funny that I’m a lot more apologetic of Mongo as a Horseman 20 years after the fact, but I am.  He’s growing on me.

Commercial break…to a paid announcement by the New World Order.

Hall and Nash are in Rome…Rome, Colorado?  They’re basically just in a colosseum looking rotunda being overlooked by the Denver Post building.  It’s the same quick cuts, black and white, type of video.  Nash says that they’ve beat up the Booty Man…the Horsemen beat up the Booty Man…so he’s got to be done by now, right?  He does want to know what the Booty Babe is up to, though.  They finish up by talking some trash about Sting and Luger, then say not to call them, they’ll call us.

Match #9: The Giant w/ Jimmy Hart VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Savage wastes absolutely NO TIME, attacking The Giant with a chair during the entrance.  He hammers him all the way to the ringside area, where Randy Anderson takes the chair away from him.  The two battle around ringside for a while until Giant press slams Savage into the ring from the floor.

Bischoff says the WCW Executive Committee has approved the main event to Fall Brawl.  Sting, Luger, Flair and Anderson vs the nWo.

Giant attempts the choke slam, but Savage kicks him in the junk, ending that.  Jimmy Hart enters the ring with a chair, but Savage runs him off.  Savage now has the chair, which brings out the Dungeon of Doom.  Savage hits Hugh Morrus, Big Bubba, The Faces of Fear…he’s nailing everyone with a chair.  The numbers get to be too much, though, so Savage bails.  The Giant goes absolutely nuts, though, and bails out of the ring in an impressive feat of athleticism, and books it to the back after Savage.

We kick back to the announcers who run down the events of the match that never got started.  Bischoff says that if the Giant catches Savage, he’ll eat him!

Bischoff ends the show by reiterating that the War Games match is official.  He says he doesn’t believe that the nWo has a 4th man, though, as the show ends.

 

This was a pretty good show for one that started off with Hacksaw VS VK Wallstreet.  I liked the way the last two “matches” went, honestly, as they pushed forward the storyline of WCW VS the nWo in two different ways.  We get enemies coming together to fight for the greater good.  We get Savage, our third man on the frontlines of the initial attacks showing his displeasure at The Giant for letting the company down, in his eyes.  He doesn’t see it as The Giant being swarmed by three men and being taken advantage of.  He sees it as Giant dropping the ball to his hated enemy and he’s going to take it out on the Giant’s head with a steel chair.  This thing is getting hot and heavy and I’m liking it!

That’s it for this episode, folks!  Join me back here soon for another installment of Kick Out at Nitro!

Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.9

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.5

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 27) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

WWF’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 6

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 10

 

10 in a row!  74 more, folks!

 

WWF Raw results from this week

WWF IC Title Tournament Quarter-Finals: Owen Hart defeated Davey Boy Smith via count-out after hitting a spin wheel kick on the floor. (10:00)

Vader (w/ Jim Cornette) defeated Freddie Joe Floyd following two Vader Bombs. (4:35)

Goldust (w/ Marlena) won a 4-man battle royal by last eliminating Savio Vega. (8:55)

WWF World Champion Shawn Michaels (w/ Jose Lothario) defeated Yokozuna in a non-title match with the superkick after avoiding a legdrop. (6:02)

 

Owen and Davey Boy sounds pretty awesome, actually.  Vader and Jobber Joe, though…ugh.  I dislike the amount of enhancement guys getting TV at this point in WWE.  HBK in the main event, though, sounds good.  Interesting that Raw is still only an hour.  I wonder when that changes over.

KoaNitro copyHello, everyone, and welcome back to another installment of Kick Out at Nitro!  I apologize for the wait between updates, but life outside of 1996 goes on, unfortunately.

Red and yellow Hulk Hogan is still all over the opening of this show, which is silly.  C’mon, guys, let’s get this updated.

Nitro comes to us yet again from Disney/MGM Studios in Orlando, FL.  Is this now the 5th episode from the same place?  Don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty sweet, but I’m actually wondering how they escaped rain in 5 weeks in Florida.  It’s like clockwork down here in the summer…it will rain every day and it will rain hard.

Tony and Larry start us off, pointing out an interesting bit of coincidence in showing four empty seats at ringside and speculating that they were seats for the nWo.  Larry lets us know that tonight, the wrestlers will take care of security.  Out come the mid-carders in street gear, encircling the ring and apparently there as enforcers.  Interestingly enough, the first two out are Big Bubba and Scott Norton…two future members of the New World Order.

Match #1: WCW World Tag Team Championship Match: Rock and Roll Express VS Harlem Heat (WCW Tag Team Champions) w/ Sister Sherri & Col. Robert Parker

Harlem Heat are going to be included as DLC in the new WWE video game in a match against The Outsiders (which I would imagine is from Halloween Havoc of this current Nitro year).  I’m super excited about this!

Tony tells us that tonight we’ll see The Booty Man take on Ric Flair!  Where the hell did they find the Booty Man?!

The match almost starts off with Morton and Stevie Ray, but Stevie quickly tags out to Booker as Larry tells us that was due to Morton being the quicker of the two R&R Express, so they wanted to match speed since Booker is the faster of Harlem Heat.

Harlem Heat pretty much controls the match through the first commercial break and a while more once they come back from it, tagging out with quick tags and beating down Ricky Morton, as is usual in a Rock and Roll Express match.

This is the go-home show to Hog Wild, which really makes me excited.  I am going to have to try to track down WCW Saturday Night from that night as well, as it was also live from Sturgis, but Saturday Night has proven a bit harder to track down than other WCW shows, sadly.

Booker T is yelling at his managers for not concentrating on the match and fawning over each other.  Booker misses an elbow drop but spins back to his feet and nails the Harlem side kick.  That’s how I like Booker doing that move…not as a stand-alone taunt, but as a transition.  It’s so much smoother and less “fake” than the way WWE made him do it.  Morton gets the hot tag to Gibson, who comes in and takes it to Harlem Heat.  They get a double dropkick on Booker, which brings in Sister Sherri to try to break it up.  Gibson grabs her and shoves her away, which brings up Parker to defend his lady’s honor.  Gibson nails him, but Stevie Ray hits Gibson from behind and Booker is able to roll him up for the win.

Winners: Harlem Heat

Mean Gene is at the entry way with the Nasty Boys.  Brian Knobbs says they’re Hulk Hogan’s friend, but Hogan’s doing what he wants to do and they do what they want to do.  Luger and Sting (their opponents tonight) come out and Sting wants to know if they’re going to be with WCW or with the Outsiders.  Saggs says they’re going to stand right here in Nastyville, not giving us an answer at all, and says it’s none of their business.  Luger says they’re going to make it their business and they leave as we go to commercial break.

Yet another Glacier commercial.  Getting comical at this point.  We’re going on two months of these.  This dude is never going to debut.

Match #2: Malia Hosaka w/ Sonny Onoo VS Madusa

I have no idea who Malia Hosaka is, but she’s hot!

Pretty back and forth, hard hitting match, honestly.  Hosaka takes forever applying a Figure 4, which I don’t know if she was trying to go for a spinning toe hold beforehand or if it was just taking her a long time to get the move locked on.  Hosaka let’s go of the hold and locks Madusa’s leg for a legbreaker in a way that I’ve never seen it applied.  Usually that move is done with the other person facing down, but Hosaka does it with Madusa on her back and it looked brutal.

Tony tells us that a limo has arrived at Nitro.  We see it just outside the ring area with its blinkers on.  Clear day, parked, blinkers on…yep, they’re definitely in Florida.

Madusa superplexes Hosaka off the top, then running dropkicks Sonny Onoo off the apron.  Hosaka pins Madusa for the win.

Winner: Malia Hosaka

Um…what?  Check out the finish to this match.  It’s random.  Madusa is clearly on the offensive and Hosaka just pins her for the win.  So random.

Commercial break, advertising Chris Benoit and WCW Saturday Night.  John Tenta VS Big Bubba…um, maybe I will hold off on trying to find this episode after all.

We get a replay of three weeks ago when Malenko attacked Benoit during his match with Eddie Guerrero, costing Benoit the match via count out.  Tony tells us that Malenko said that he and Jimmy Hart have a business arrangement.  If Malenko takes Benoit out, he’ll get another shot at the Cruiserweight Championship.  Now, Hart has nothing to do with the Cruiserweight title, so I have no clue how he would pull this off, but we’re then told that Rey Jr. will defend the title against Malenko on WCW’s Saturday morning show.

Match #3: “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright VS “The Canadian Crippler” Chris Benoit w/ Woman & Ms. Elizabeth

Woman is looking good!  She’s in a white halter top kind of deal with a leather jacket and black leather pants.

Benoit takes it to Wright in the corner from the offset, just hammering him with kicks.  Nick Patrick pulls Benoit off of Wright, chastising him, and allowing Wright to capitalize with a European uppercut and a barrage of his own.  Benoit escapes to the floor to slow things down as the announcers bring up the limo again.  Benoit takes Wright’s head off with a clothesline and then slaps Wright in the face hard a few times before they starts chain wrestling a bit.  Wright hits a duo of smooth headscissor dropkicks and then taking Benoit down with an armdrag and starting to work on the arm a bit.  Wright whips Benoit to the opposite corner and tries to dive in after him, but Benoit moves and Das Wunderkind eats turnbuckle.

Benoit controls the match from this point and out comes Jimmy Hart to get in Woman’s face, telling her that Benoit will never win her a World Championship.  Hart says that Woman has someone in the back that she needs to be with, so I’m sure he’s talking about Sullivan.  Out comes Dean Malenko, who grabs Woman by the arm and tries to pull her backstage.  Benoit dives out of the ring and onto Malenko and the two brawl to the back, including Benoit Irish whipping Malenko into a palm tree, into the commercial break.

Winner: Alex Wright (via countout)

For those of you who saw my review on the Mattel Elite 37 Dean Malenko action figure, it does appear that Malenko wears his socks a bit higher than his boots.  I guess I just never paid attention to it until I saw it on the action figure.  I stand corrected.

Match #4: Lord Steven Regal w/ Jeeves VS “Macho Man” Randy Savage

As Tony tells us that Randy Savage is a man to trust here in WCW, Savage comes to the ring decked out in black and white.  Um, maybe a different outfit now that the nWo had taken over those two colors, Randy?

“Macho Man is insane.  He tried to tackle a limosine last week!” – Larry Zbyszko

Regal wins the opening mat wrestling volley and tries to show off, but Savage gets the better of him off of that exchange.  The two men trade the match back and forth as we hit Hour # 2 and Tony tells us that there is no Bobby Heenan or Eric Bischoff to trade off to, so Larry and Tony will be our Hour #2 announcers.

Savage fires back as we head into Hour #2 and out walk Sting and Lex Luger.  They have a seat with the fans in two of the four empty seats at ringside that Tony has been speculating may be for the nWo.  Somebody tries to shake Lex’s hand but Lex doesn’t see him, so the guy walks off.  The guy sitting beside Sting is totally no-selling the entire deal, which is funny.

Savage takes Regal outside and slams him into the seats that Sting and Luger are sitting in.  He takes him back in, scoop slam, and flying elbow for the win.

Winner: Randy Savage

Right before Savage hit, Regal does this super interesting thing where it’s like he can see that Savage is going to his and he just has no way of stopping it, so he flails his arms and tries to move but it’s just too late.  Such a cool little moment and shows how good Regal is.

The moment the match is over, Sting and Luger make a beeline for the limo.  They open the doors and Sting pulls out a flower arrangement.  It says “Condolences on the Death of WCW.”

Mean Gene is in the ring with Macho Man and tells us that Savage cut a deal and he’ll be the first man to face either the Giant or Hogan, whichever wins, for the Championship.  I’m guessing that’s at Halloween Havoc, but I’m certain that Flair gets a title shot at Clash of Champions, so I’m interested to see how this plays out.

Sting comes in and says no one was in the limo, but tells us what they found in the limo.  Savage says this is the style of the nWo, no face-to-face, always cheap shots.  He says the Outsiders want no part of the Stinger and his friend Lex.  Funny how Lex is now his friend when the two hated each other just a few months ago.  Sting says the Outsiders aren’t bad guys…these are some nice flowers…he just hopes they can get their money back since WCW is alive and well.  Sting holds the bouquet while Savage kicks a field goal with it and we’re off to a commercial headed by a quick video of the Booty Man dancing.

We get a recap of WCW Saturday Night and we see Ric Flair beating up the Guerreros, then Eddie cuts a promo on the nWo while Rey Jr. tries to name the guys who jumped him, still able to only name 3 of them.

Match #5: WCW United States Championship Match: The Booty Man w/ The Booty Babe VS “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (WCW United States Champion) w/ Woman, Ms. Elizabeth, and Debra McMichael

Kim is still looking pretty damn good!  Sorry if this is turning into the “Shane lusts after WCW valets” edition of Ko@Nitro, but damn, this one is pretty good for the eye candy.  She makes a comment about everyone looking “Bootyful” and apparently doesn’t feel that it landed, so she does it again.

Double A walks to the ring with a folding chair and pulls up a seat at ringside, joining the impromptu WCW Security Staff.  We see Mongo and Benoit hanging out back at the palm tree in the entry way as well.

Flair is beating down Booty Man and all is well.

Meng is standing at ringside in normal attire.  A WCW crew shirt, pants, and his hair pulled back.  Meng, looking normal, is odd…but still pretty damn scary.

Bobby Heenan makes his way to ringside, showing us that this match is going to be more about who shows up at ringside instead of what’s happening between the ropes.  They ask Heenan what’s going on, he says last week they couldn’t guarantee his security, so he bounced.  He says this week all of the WCW guys are around so he’s feeling better, but he’s been standing backstage waiting on Bischoff and he just wants someone to give him some direction.  Bobby says no one can guarantee him any security, so he’s bouncing again.

Flair locks on the Figure 4 with his hands on the top ropes.  In come the Horsemen and they beat the crap out of the Booty Man.  Larry makes a good point in that now isn’t a good time to be a friend of Hulk Hogan.  The Horsemen beat down Booty Man some more.  Arn takes his folding chair to Booty Man’s leg and the Horsemen continue to attack the leg as Flair applies the Figure 4 again and Mongo chokes Booty Man out.

Gene gets in the ring and yells at Double A, which is not a good idea.  He says that last week Arn was a victim but now he’s a perpetrator.   Double A says last week when he saw all of the WCW guys together, he knew that they were to be brought together by necessity.  He says he tried to remember where he heard the term “New World Order,” and he heard it in the Good Book.  When the New World Order comes to pass, that’s the end of the world.  WCW is their world and they’re going to defend it.  Arn says that if you’re going to attack a Horseman with a baseball bat, you finish the job.  The nWo want to learn about gang fighting?  Well, the Horsemen are the ORIGINAL gang!  You send one of theirs to the hospital, they’ll send one of yours to the morgue.  Benoit and Mongo cut one line promos.  Flair grabs a mic and says “Hogan…watch this!”  He kicks Booty Man a few more times and yells “tell Hogan!”  Flair tells Hogan that he can wake up one day and pretend he’s bad, but when he laid his hands on Flair’s best friend, he messed up.  He tells Hogan “any time, any place.”

Man, as much as WCW’s babyfaces rally against the Outsiders, the Horsemen should have been the first line of defense and a much bigger deal than they were in this angle.  I love them beating up Booty Man, who is a babyface, just because he’s a friend of Hogan.  They’re showing that they’re sending a message and they’ll hurt anyone.  The Horsemen should have ended up being the Black Ops of WCW…the guys who aren’t afraid to get blood on their hands to do what needs to be done.

We get a commercial break and a replay of last week’s attack backstage.  It’s pretty much played in it’s entirety.  We come back and Larry goes super biblical on Hogan, telling him he’s the Antichrist, says to shave the rest of his head and he’ll find the 666 and that the only thing left for him is the lake of fire!  Damn, Larry, no need to go straight hellfire and brimstone on the man.

Commercial break.

“The following announcement has been paid for by the New World Order.”

The Outsiders are joking about taking out Sting on Saturday Night and then taking out the guys backstage.  Hall wonders if Billionaire Ted’s Atlanta Braves need some more homerun hitters since they’re two guys who can swing bats.  Hogan says that the day after Hog Wild is his birthday.  Hall says it’s just business, nothing personal.  The tape stops out of nowhere and we hear someone from the production truck in the headsets of very surprised announcers.  We hear that it’s Craig Leathers, the producer, and that Sting and Luger are in the production truck telling them to stop the tape.

Leathers is arguing with Sting, telling him that it was a paid spot.  Sting says who cares and asks him where the nWo letters are on his shirt.  Someone is on the phone telling the person on the other end what is happening.

“Free pot pie and soda in our trailer.” – Sting

“Oh really?!  That sounds nice!” – Lex Luger

Yes, that exchange happened.

Match #6: WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match:  Sgt. Craig “Pitbull” Pittman w/ Teddy Long VS The Giant (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) w/ Jimmy Hart

WHY IS THIS A TITLE MATCH?!

I get the idea that The Giant is a fighting champion and, honestly, every singles match he’s been in thus far since winning the title has been a championship match, but damn.  If Pittman were able to win, are they really thinking they’ll sell Hog Wild on Pittman VS Hogan?

That being said, kudos to Teddy Long for being the type of manager that can get his man a title match with no build up within just a few weeks of taking on a client.  Teddy really is a damn good manager, apparently, and no one is touching on this!

Random bouts of Pittman hitting Giant, including a flying headbutt with no effect, chokeslam, three count.

Winner: The Giant (still WCW Champion)

Giant goes to chokeslam Pittman again, but T-Lo begs him not to.  Giant relents…then sends T-Lo to the mat.  Sorry, playa.

Mean Gene is in the ring with the Champion.  Jimmy Hart starts cutting a promo on Hogan, but Gene cuts him off and says that the limo is back.  Jimmy says that at Hog Wild, Giant will be ready for Hogan, before running behind Giant’s back.  Hart also looks terrified and his voice goes even higher (yes, it’s possible), which is cool because he’s showing he’s freaking terrified of being attacked and is hiding behind his Giant.  Giant says he was born to be champion and that he doesn’t feel sorry about any of the people he’s destroying.  He tells Hogan his fifteen minutes of fame are up.  He says if Hogan has any guts at all, show up in Sturgis and he’ll show them to him.

Back from commercial we hear that last week, Savage was able to get the briefcase with his money in it back from the Horsemen, but during a match on Saturday Night, out came Debra and Mongo to steal it back.

Match #7: The Nasty Boys VS Sting and Lex Luger

The Steiners come out to help provide security for Sting and Luger.

Nastys are controlling he match, keeping Sting in their corner and working him over with quick tags.  While I understand where they’re going and it’s honestly a normally laid out tag match, with Sting and Luger fired up, WCW on a roll, Horsemen kicking the shit out of known Hogan associates, then Sting and Luger should be destroying these guys so that we get fired up for Hog Wild and their match with the Outsiders.

Hot tag to Luger and Luger follows my advice and destroys the Nastys.  Luger goes for the torture rack but is attacked from behind by the other Nasty Boy, spilling everyone outside.  Saggs tries to piledrive Luger on the floor but is met with a hell of a Steinerline by Rick Steiner.  In the ring, Sting locks Saggs in the Deathlock for the win.

Winners: Sting and Lex Luger

Tony: “If he hooks it on Hall or Nash this Saturday, I hope he keeps it on until Sunday.”

Larry: “Make it Monday.”

Tony: “Yeah, why not!”

Larry: “Then we’ll be back on Nitro!”

Tony: “We’ll take a shot of it in the center of the ring.”

I liked this exchange.

Back from break and Gene is in the ring with Luger, Stinger, and two little kids.  The kids do Luger’s pose, to a pop from the crowd, and the guys show them out.  Gene mentions the match at Hog Wild, but Sting asks if Gene mentioned a limo.  Gene says yeah.  Lex goes “again?!”  Sting asks if the crowd things the Outsiders will be in it this time.  Sting asks if they should go check it out and the crowd says yeah.

Luger’s snide comments are killing me tonight.  I love this.

“Are you kidding me?  Is this a rib?”  Gene asks.  Sting leads the WCW guys to the limo.  A leather “TURNER” briefcase is hurled out of the door at Sting as the door slams shut and the limo drives off.  The show goes off the air here.

BUT…we’re we apparently get exclusive footage after the show that I don’t remember ever seeing before.  They open the briefcase and it’s a flyer with the nWo logo that says “Rey was right, there were four guys…or were there five?”  Luger and Sting make fun of this and our bonus footage comes to an end.

 

The extra footage at the end was cool.  I really don’t remember ever seeing this.  I’m certain that it’s about to show up on the next seven shows and I’ll look like an idiot for not remembering it, but still…pretty cool.

I liked this show!  WCW banded together and made a strong effort after getting their asses kicked last week.  The nWo was nowhere to be seen, which was also good.  Don’t kill your crowd with them over and over again.  They made their point last week, now let WCW shine as we go into Hog Wild.

The Horsemen kicking the living hell out of the Booty Man was awesome.  I loved everything about that segment.  I’m telling you, I’m not one to go back and retroactively fantasy book, but like I said before, The Horsemen should have played a MUCH larger part in all of this.  That segment was the most pumped up I have been in a while.  Seriously, check it out.  So good.  Arn Anderson can be the scariest man in the world sometimes.  He’s like you’re Dad when he’s angry.  Not at you, mind you, but you KNOW that anger because you’ve seen him when he’s upset…so you just have to stand back in awe of what vengeance is about to be laid down on someone due to this.  So amazing.

Good in ring stuff, honestly.  Glad that Giant/Pittman was two minutes long because it shouldn’t be any longer than that.  Giant is killing fools left and right to show he’s ready to kill Hogan and that’s exactly what he should be doing.

Our next installment is Hog Wild, ladies and gentlemen!  I’m very excited about this.

Be sure to check out my video review of Mattel’s new Dean Malenko figure.  I also plan on having a new issue of WCW Magazine uploaded sometime this week as well, so be on the lookout for that.

Until next time!

Shane

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 2.8

WCW Nitro Ratings – 3.0

(Raw – 17, Nitro – 25) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 5)

WWF’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 6

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 8

 

A close victory, but a victory nonetheless!

WWF Raw results from this week

Jerry Lawler pinned Aldo Montoya after hitting two piledrivers. (2:34)

The Body Donnas (Skip & Zip) defeated The New Rockers (Marty Jannetty & Leif Cassidy) via disqualification when the Smoking Gunns interfered. (8:48)

WWF Intercontinental Champion Ahmed Johnson won an 11-man battle royal by last eliminating Goldust. (16:03)

 

Ugh!  A squash match, two midcard tag teams, and a battle royal.  This should be nowhere near this episode of Nitro, much less .2 away from it.  I believe this is the episode where Lawler pours Jack Daniels down Justin Credible’s throat, though, since Jerry’s currently trying to call out Jake the Snake, so at least that segment is entertaining.